How do I get supplies in the house?
This might be the time to order supplies/food online. For many grocers, the cost is minimal. You could go pick up the items — they will bring them to your car — or you can have them delivered.
Places like Target or Walmart will gather your list for you and meet you at your car.
That is not an option? Go to the store when the fewest people are there — I have found that to be early in the morning, the earlier the better.
If your child takes medications, call the pharmacy to see if they anticipate any difficulties getting your child’s medications. You might ask if you can get some kind of override to have extra medications on hand, should the supply chain be affected. Tell them you need a “vacation override.” 😉
What if someone gets sick? What if I get sick?
Call the doctor. Call before you go in.
Maybe you can do your visit or speak with the doctor on your computer — telehealth. This is a great time to start this practice, and just know that if your doctor thinks you should come in, you will be able to, but they will be ready for you.
If you have to go into the doctor, find out ahead of time what special steps you will need to take, and let your child know what to expect. Will he or she have to wear a mask? Sit in a separate room? Get to see the usual doctor?
What about my work?
That is going to vary widely from person-to-person, job-to-job. Everything from taking vacation to personal time off (PTO) to applying for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). I hope you can get this to work for you and your family.
And what if things fall apart at home?
Like any breaks from school or changes in routines, there may be a time of transition to the new schedule and routine. Remember the mosey? Allow a little extra time — for everything, and move a little more slowly — for everything.
I think many of us hope for the best but plan for the worst. It doesn’t always work out as well as we hoped. I know you cannot always see a meltdown coming, but if you do, clear everyone from the room until your child settles. Just know that this may happen and have your plan in place.
I am happy to help anyone brainstorm ideas for your child or family, feel free to email me.
This is easy for your children to understand.
Socially isolate. (The new term for the year.) This is harder. Here is one idea: Remember “Flat Stanley”? And if you don’t, you should get to know him. It is a children’s book about Stanley — a bulletin board fell on him and now he is flat. He could be your child’s new friend, and you could create your own book about their adventures (indoors) together. You do not have to buy the book — just look up what he is about here.
I want to hear your ideas!
Also, I know that many of you take care of a parent or grandparent and they are in the high-risk category for this virus. And if they are in a nursing or extended care home, you may not be allowed to visit. I know that some of you are in the high-risk category. We hope the virus works its way quickly across the country and the world, and that it has minimal impact on you and your family.
I know there are more aspects that I have not covered that are unique to your family. We are here to help in any way we can.
Breathe in to a count of 6 — pause — exhale to a count of 6.
You got this.