Well, here we all are, inside and in hibernation like our friends the hedgehogs and butterflies. We too hope to emerge from our semi-detached and terraced cocoons, into the sunshine, en masse in a wave of happiness. Will people dance, sing or shout? Or will the world merely become a little busier?
For many, life is unrecognisable as they become accustomed to no commute for work, finding space to work at home with the whole family milling around and learning how to do school without going to school. It’s strange and frustrating. But it will get better.
When I began Home Schooling last July, it was all rather weird and uncomfortable; routines had disappeared and we desperately needed new ones. Parenting a child with SEN is challenging and rewarding and routines are your rock, your life-saver. Small things, like having a daily chart that we can blu-tac activities to and then remove, are a boon.
Try making one! Use an A4 sheet with ‘TODAY’ written on it: cut another piece of paper into squares and write/draw things like ‘dinner’, ‘reading’, ‘crafts’, ‘tablet time’ or ‘lunch’. Kids love to remove the activity once complete and it’s an easy way to set up a rota in the morning – sticking on your squares. Use coloured pens to liven it up.
We now also have some Home Holiday Rules (I don’t like using the term ‘isolation’): Every night is movie night; Good hand-washing; one item of breakfast each; family board games; elbow kissing is fun.
I’m also sharing some inspirational photos and poetry on my blog site https://elainemoxon.blogspot.com/2020/03/hibernation-inspiration-1.html
Stay safe, have fun together and the reunions will be special around the world.
Bright Blessings, Elaine xXx