Everywhere I keep seeing schedules, plans, and all sorts of lists for what people are going to do while their kids are out of school during all of this.
And I am here to tell you to stop. I don’t know what is happening, or why people feel like they need to plan our every second of their children’s days and force them into a rigorous schedule of learning like they’re sending them to a boarding school, but enough is enough.
This is me, giving you permission to stop. I am giving you permission to not schedule a thing. To just live and be and not worry about school and studying. If your kid’s school is our right now, it’s not your responsibility to make sure they take a daily virtual reality tour of a museum.
In fact, skip the screen time limits. Hand your kids the iPads and let them go crazy. Let them play video games on the switch all night long. Why not? What’s it going to hurt? Maybe you are stuck at home for the next two weeks… maybe it happens until May.
Doesn’t matter. There’s no rule that says you have to spend your days worrying about long division and dangling participles. Forget about all of that.
Oh, and you don’t have to plan the movie nights and special family time either. Let your kids do what they want to do. Let them be the guide.
We have enough to worry about right now, why worry about that too?
I get it, people need to feel a sense of control. They need to feel like they are in charge of something, and the natural inclination is to focus on your children, but guess what?
It’s completely unnecessary. You don’t need to do any of that.
Nobody is going to have a crazy learning slide because they spend the next few months playing video games.
Nobody is going to change their life because their parents focused on their schooling during lockdown instead of letting them watch unlimited youtube or play with toys.
Just forget it all. Life is too short. Don’t sweat this. It’s small potatoes compared to everything else going on. Take a bath, do some yoga– or don’t.
It’s up to you.
Monday 16th of March 2020
I was just talking about how parents are scheduling every minute of their child's day. This was so refreshing to read. Everything you wrote about is what I have been thinking. ok maybe not letting him play video games all night. lol Thank you for making me feel that I am not a bad mother because my son is not on a schedule.. He will do some work but nowhere close to a minute to minute schedule. Thanks again.