Three Relevant Links
There is no right way to do this whole parenting-in-isolation thing. With the hopes of offering some support and inspiration, here are two links and a poem that speak to me at this moment. One link is filled with activity ideas, one says to not do any of it, and the poem feels as true as anything I’ve ever read.
Here we go!
I almost feel funny sharing this because I honestly get SO many ideas from it, both at home and at school; it’s like letting my little secret out into the world. But I know it’s hardly a secret as she now has over 1 million followers! She is a kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom who has a ton of easy and accessible (and most important for me - hands-on and play-based) activities for all types of learners! Scroll through for inspiration and hopefully a playful activity that gets you through the day.
2. And then, on the other side of the spectrum, is this article from the NYTimes where the author stops being her daughter’s “event manager” and begins inviting her to participate in her adult world, inspired by global cultures known for raising generous and cooperative kids. Both the BusyToddler instagram and this article speak to me - I think I am somewhere in between them. I do like to create a learning-rich environment for my kid, but I do also want to foster independence, self-reliance, and an ability to self-entertain. Where do you fall?
3. To sum it all up, this poem, by Kate Baer, really spoke to me (you may get a sense of how much of my day goes). Parenting in isolation is truly parenting times infinity. It’s intense. I hope either the BusyToddler instagram page or the article about NOT doing any of that helps. Maybe we can all meet somewhere in the middle!