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TIME TO STEP BACK AND SLOW DOWN MAKING SPACE FOR CALM IN A BUSY WORLD
S chools closing in mid-March meant we now have my grandnephews and niece out of school — four kids under the age of 8 at home. What we’ve noticed is that as we’ve gotten out of the usual hustle and bustle of our everyday routines, there’s more space in our lives. We’re stepping back and slowing down. We’re spending more time with each other and doing activities that nourish and inspire us.
While we’ve been home, our health care workers have been serving our community. My youngest daughter, Jamelah, recently started a nursing assignment that has her working on the front lines helping coronavirus patients. I’m so proud of the work she’s doing. I’m so grateful for her and all the other health care workers who are there for us. Right now, it’s about everyone pitching in however they can for the good of our community, whether that’s by staying home or being on the front lines. Through all of this, I’ve had to remind myself to give myself some grace. With my fitness, I’ve had to relax some of my goals a bit. Maybe I’m not exercising as much as I want to or not eating on point all the time, and that’s okay. I need to take care of myself first. Walks have been really good, and we’ve also enjoyed making home-cooked meals. Cooking and baking have been wonderful ways to nourish our minds and bodies. I know it’s not easy to stay positive and motivated when it feels like your world is upside down. If you are feeling overwhelmed, try to think about this time as a gift to slow down and refocus on the things that are important in your life. Find ways to not put so much pressure on yourself. Find ways to practice self-care. When we slow down a little, we can make space for what’s important. –Polly Tatum
“When we slow down a little, we can make space for what’s important.”
We start off every morning with affirmations. The two older kids read their affirmations, and we talk about what they’re grateful for and their challenges. I think it’s such a great way to start the day and set a positive tone. I highly recommend it! Then they spend their day doing lessons and activities. We’ve found some really great resources for helping them stay moving and learning. They’re doing daily dance, guitar, karate, and even boxing lessons! We’ve also been doing a lot of walks and bike rides, and I’m pretty sure we go through a box of chalk at least once a week.
Each night, instead of tuning in to the news, we watch a family movie together. We got a Disney+ subscription, and the kids are enjoying that.
Caring for the kids wouldn’t be possible without a team. It really does take a village to raise a child, and my daughters have been implementing a lot of the daily structure for the kids. The last couple of months have been a big team effort.
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