March 20, 2020
WOW…just wow, what a week it has been! Whether you are still going to work and dropping your kids off with us each day, working from home, homeschooling, homeschooling while working, whatever your situation is You’ve.Got.This. We’re here to help however we can.
- Please remember that social distancing does not mean social isolation. Social distancing means that you avoid crowds and keep at least 6 feet between you and others, this will help keep you safe and healthy. Social isolation is staying exclusively in your house, totally alone or with only your immediate family; this will lead to feelings of despair and hopelessness.
- GO OUTSIDE, go for a walk around your neighborhood, ride a bike, do some yard work, talk to your across the street neighbor (from across the street).
- REACH OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA, start a group chat with friends, go to a virtual yoga class, a virtual gym workout, a virtual music concert, virtually visit a zoo, a museum, a national park.
- MAKE A PHONE CALL, sometimes we forget that these handy devices we all use are actually phones, call someone and talk about your stress, your worries or just the weather, use your phone to make a video call on Skype or Facetime so you can talk with someone face to face
- PITCH IN, one way to feel less isolated is to find a way to do something for someone else, bake a loaf of bread and leave it on your neighbors porch, call a local service organization and see if there is something you can do to help out, pick up groceries for an older person who is unable to leave the house, order lunch for first responders, medical personnel or other essential workers
- Remember to utilize your resources, if you’re going a little crazy trying to home school your kids, don’t feel bad. Teachers have education and training that you probably don’t have. Odds are they would struggle if they were dropped into your job with no training, resources or notice either. One of the greatest resources you have available to you is the internet. Whether you are looking for fun activities to do at home, virtual field trips, cultural experiences or physical activity it’s out there.
- Go to hellowonderful.co to look through more than 50 easy indoor activities for kids
- Go to https://news.yahoo.com/18-totally-free-educational-resources-211633947.html to access free online educational resources from companies like Scholastic and Lakeshore Learning
- Visit the world-renown San Diego Zoo at https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
- Go on a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium at montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams
- Head to the Planet Fitness Facebook page for free home workouts daily at 6 pm
- Keep an eye on all of the social networking sites for famous musicians, artists, dancers and actors that are live streaming everything from call-in request concerts like Brad Paisley to how to draw with Mo Williams and many actors reading books for storytime.
- Stop, take a deep cleansing breath, pull your shoulders up and then roll them down and back while slowly releasing your breath. Repeat as needed, we are all in this for the long haul so don’t forget to take care of yourself so that you can take care of the kids. If you need help reach out, you can find a list of available resources on our webpage at toddletowne.com if you or anyone you know is in need of help. If you need advice or just someone to talk to give us a call. We’ve.Got.This.
Hang in there,