As though the life of a foster/adoptive parent isn’t chaotic or stressful enough let’s add a little Covid 19 into the mix!!
Now here we are held captive in our home with the seven kids that God has brought into our lives!! Oh, as if being in constant contact hasn’t been hard enough, lets add a little excitment to our routine. Why don’t we cancel school for the rest of the year, and instead, have parents work with their kids at home. Um, who’s bright idea was this!!! I feel beaten, chewed up, spit out, and ran over by a lawn mower.
Don’t get me wrong, homeschooling is amazing when your child is inquisitive and has a little inkling of self-motivation. Our current kiddos instead have been spoon feed for years and they just can’t do any work on their own, oh except for plagiarism. That they have down pat!! Now we are trying to teach a curriculum that is made from a teacher that only has one grade level to teach. Currently we are teaching 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and my senior that doesn’t really need much more than a prodding to get into his class.
As I told our supervisor at our licensing agency, I would never chose to homeschool and provide therapeutic parenting at the same time for everyone!! However, I have learned my kids strengths and weaknesses overall.
God has blessed us in this period of our family journey in that we are all healthy, we have all we need, and some how He has allowed our family to begin to meld into a true family unit! We have been working on this for a few years, however, currently we feel way more united than we have before.
That being said, being cooped up in a house 24/7 with all of these kiddos is also enough to make me loose my mind!! Doing everything from making meals to folding laundry is pushing me too far!!
How are we to practice self care when we can barely get a chance to shower each week let alone get time to perform self care? I have been looking for ways to get some self care done in the mist of chaos!
How are you all working on self care while social distancing? I love drawing, blogging, and vinyl work with my cricut. While working with vinyl means taking a lot out and getting all the girls excited to participate, which encase you haven’t figured out is so not self care, instead it makes me more stressed out!!!
But I have found that I can draw while the kids work on school work, while they are playing, and while I am waiting for dinner to cook. This has left me with a lot of little doodles and a sense of peace in the chaos!! Anyone else have any suggestions on self care in our current uncharted situation?
I would love to hear from you all on how you are managing with social distancing and our kids!! We are not alone (all though it definitely feels like it!!) I could use some tips and tricks during this chaos on how to make self care a priority for me and some self care activities that I can do cooped up at home!!