Apps like Zoom, Facebook messenger, Skype, and Facetime have been a lifesaver for me the past few weeks. They have kept me and my family sane by connecting us with families and friends. The kids can have play dates, I can have virtual happy hours, school sessions occur, and my work gets done.
I think many of us were familiar with these tools and used them in various ways, but perhaps not as frequently or with the same groups of people. Now they are often the best way to share and communicate with others.
If you haven’t already connected your young kids to their friends and young family, I recommend giving it a try. I can’t follow Mr. 7-year-old’s conversation about Pokemon or whatever video game, but his friends and cousins can and seem to love catching up. I’ve seen kids playing video games together online, somehow playing hide and seek, connecting via Facebook Messenger for kids, and separately but somehow together having Bakugan battles.
Relatives can read stories, play board games (with the kids taking their turn for them), and sing songs. Sometimes just giving the kids a new audience is all they need to lift their moods (and give mom and dad a few minute reprieve).
My husband even uses such tech for online DnD sessions. We are all finding our way online to stay connected to each other. I hope you are too.
Photo Credit to Sergey Zolkin from Unsplased
I’ve always been a planner. I was that kid in high school starting a two-week project the first night it was assigned so I wouldn’t get behind. I planned a solo weekend trip to London when I was studying aboard in Ireland just because I wanted to go. I plan projects daily at work, making sure tasks get done well, on time, and within budget.
I plan beyond the big stuff. I’m thinking about doctor’s appointments, summer camp schedules, meal plans, to-do lists, errands to run, gifts to buy, etc., etc., forever. It is often exhausting, but I realize that most of the time I like it.
I’ve humorously suggested to my husband that I’m the Director of Home Operations while he’s the Director of Special Projects. Anything that breaks or needs irregularly maintenance in the house or with the cars is all my husband’s domain — thank goodness! I focus on keeping home operations running smoothly.
I recognize that this division of responsibility isn’t an option for everyone or the best way to do it, but it works well for us. I’ve come with techniques that have worked well for me in this role of Director of Home Operations. I’ll be sharing them on this blog as it continues on topics like bedtime routines, the morning rush to school, summer camp planning, and coordinating after school activities.
The other half of this coin is work-related planning and organization. Work includes topics like planning performance goals and managing work priorities. I look forward to talking about all of these topics.