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So right now we’re all stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which means the kids are out of school. I’m still doing my best to keep up with work while juggling everything, and it’s going fine. A lot of parents are complaining but honestly I disagree! There’s so many things I love about having my kids home right now.
I already had my life set up to be at home and available for them anyway so it’s not that much different, really. The only difference is I picked up a couple of new clients and without a home office currently am not sure how that’s going to work. We’ll manage.
10 Things I Love About Having My Kids Home
Being busy doesn’t change the fact that I adore having my kids around me. I always wanted to homeschool, but my ex wasn’t on board so we never did. So having them at home for learning is basically a dream come true!
Here’s some of the positive things I’m finding about having my kids home. Even if you’re not as happy with the situation as I am, hopefully they can help you find some silver lining in all this choas.
I get to be around them all day
Maybe I’m alone in this, but it’s not a very popular sentiment either. I don’t mind my kids being around all day. Sure, everyone needs breaks, but I’m happy to be a part of the chaos for the most part. Now that they’re home I get even more time to spend together!
We’re working on skills the teachers didn’t have time for
I truly believe that teachers work super hard for our kids. During this pandemic the work they send (and their patience) has been a Godsend, and I couldn’t be more impressed with their hard work, dedication, and organization. But, they also can’t attend to every child’s induvidual needs all at the same time.
That’s one great thing about having them at home; I can work on things that they’re lacking and spend less time on concepts that they’ve already grasped so we can use our school time wisely.
My kids are playing together more
Now that they only have each other, my kids have been forced to play together. At first there was a lot of fighting (and there still is sometimes) but at least everyone is getting along for the most part.
When they go back to school and can have playdates again they’ll go back to wanting to play with friends more, but at least they’ll have this time full of sibling bonding and memories.
We get to spend more time outside
Now that the weather is getting nicer we’ve been itching to get outside. I love that with shortened school days (and more flexibility) we can ditch the ‘classroom’ and get outdoors. Outdoor play is full of learning opportunities so it’s a win-win.
I can see what they’re learning
My kids all come home from school shockingly not having learnt a thing. It seems strange, but apparently it’s true. According to them at least. Now I get to see first hand what’s actually going on in their lives and quite honestly it’s pretty cool to watch.
Our lives are more laid back
I’m definitely not a morning person (something I’m perpetually working on) and although we managed to get out the door just fine on school days I definitely didn’t enjoy running around that early. Now I get to sleep in (just a little) and I actually have time to drink my coffee in the morning. We’re settling into a routine that works for us.
We’re doing more things together
Just like their siblings, we’re all forced to spend more time together. Having them around during the day, rather than rushed evenings, means more chances to do fun things together. We’ve made homemade playdough, done crafts, danced together, played board games, done puzzles, and so on.
Honestly, it’s been nice for us all to be home together!
I see more of my kids
This isn’t just because I’m with them all day. I have 50/50 custody with my ex, which means half the time my kids aren’t at home. It really sucks, if I’m honest. Now that they’re off school they’ve been visiting during the week. It’s been nice.
We’re inspired to get things done
At our place we’ve done a few ‘quarantine projects’ and have more underway. Not being able to go out has meant more time at home. That’s led to us wanting to get things done at home.
One thing we’ve done so far is put up walls in our loft to make a room for my 7 year old daughter. I also painted a fun feature wall for her too! The downside? We can’t get the new furniture until stores open up again.
I know everyone is safe
When the kids are at school I’m always thinking about them in the back of my mind. If we had to send them during this pandemic I know I’d be more of a wreck than I already am. Having them at home means I know that they’re safe and secure, and not at risk for getting sick.
It also means for a little while I don’t have to worry int he back of my mind about bus crashes, school shooters, or other dangers while they’re away.
I know the days are hard right now. It’s totally OK to not love every second of parenting, especially when you’re trying to work from home, supervise, and teach kids all at the same time.
Hopefully these things that I love about having my kids home right now will at least help you see some positives about your situation too.