Parent Week - Meet Lauren and her family

This week we are introducing you to different families who are just like you: working from home, trying to homeschool, keep their kids busy, and keep everyone fed 24/7 during the pandemic!

Meet Lauren, a third grade teacher, mom to two little ones, and wife. Check out her incredible daily schedule and how she uses it to soak up time with her kiddos and also keep everyone busy. 

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hello! My name is Lauren! I am a wife, mom to an active 6-year-old boy and wild 4-year-old girl, third grade teacher, and friend. I love being with my family and friends, soaking up the sun outside, making memories, and living life to the fullest. My husband is usually the chef in our family, but I’m quickly learning to love it, too. I truly believe laughing is the best medicine. 

What's changed in your family's routine since being home? 

Our routine has drastically changed. Like I mentioned, I am a 3rd grade teacher so staying home was not of the norm for us. My son is in half-day kindergarten/half day enrichment and my daughter is in full day preschool. My children love their school and their friends. I love teaching my third graders and having adult interaction during the day. On a normal day, I would get up at 5:30 a.m. to enjoy coffee with my husband before he left for work. After that, the day could begin. By 7:30 a.m. we were in the car heading to school. Around 3:30 p.m. our family time resumed. If we weren’t at an extracurricular sport activity in the evening, we tried to make it a point to do something together; a bike ride, a walk, or a “leisurely” jump on the trampoline before getting dinner together. Our days were action packed but we made the most of the time we were given.

We all thrive on a schedule and finding a happy medium has been a balancing act in the new now. I am teaching my third graders from home all while trying to teach a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old. Our mornings have become slower and more relaxed. We chat over breakfast about our day and what we want to do when this is all over. After breakfast, our day begins. We start with Language Arts, break for some playtime or time outside, and then conquer something else. We try to have schoolwork completed before lunch. It is a balancing act! I hop between many hats all worn at the same time. We often reset by taking our lunch out on a walk for a change of scenery and some much needed movement if the weather is nice. After lunch brings rest time and a deep breath for this momma. After nap, we play hard! We get dinner made, bake a treat, or watch a show we have earned.  

What's a normal weekday schedule for you including the home schooling block? 

We use the following schedule as a guide but it changes daily depending on the needs of my children and my class.

  • Before 9:00 - Wake up: Eat breakfast, make beds, get dressed, and brush teeth
  • 9:00-10:30 - Academic time-no electronics
  • 10:30-11:00 - Outside time or indoor playtime, snack
  • 11:00-12:30 - Academic/creative time-school computer programs (electronics), finish work from above, or create
  • 12:30-1:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00-3:00 - Nap or quiet rest time
  • 3:00-3:30 - Pick up toys, crafts, snacks, etc.
  • 3:30-5:00 - Outside time, earned television time, play, bake, create, etc.
  • 5:00-6:30 - Dinner, family walk/play
  • 6:30-7:30 - Baths, wind down, ready for bed
  • 7:30-8:00 - Bedtime books and sleeping

Hardest thing about the stay-at-home orders? 

The hardest thing about the stay-at-home orders is not being able to see our family and friends. It's truly amazing what a little face-to-face conversation does for the soul. Before the stay-at-home order, we would visit my parents a few times a week; it’s been hard not to have our weekly hangout. The balancing act of wearing all the hats at once has been a challenge as well. First and foremost, I’m a parent, but I’m a parent while teaching, cleaning, cooking, laundering, and all the other things that have to be done now that we are home all day. There is a lot to juggle. My children miss their friends and teachers. They also miss the fact that I don’t teach like their beloved teachers.

Best thing about the stay-at-home orders?

The best thing about the stay-at-home order is time! Time spent with my children, time to soak up our conversations and watch them make observations, time to see them learning, time watching their imagination bloom, time that I otherwise wouldn’t have at my fingertips. As stressful and weird as this time is, I love soaking up this stage. Another thing I enjoy about the stay-at-home order is the fact that home projects are getting checked off our ever growing home improvement list. My husband is very handy and does incredible work when the time allows and we are allowed a lot of time right now.

What do you want other parents to know right now? Or advice you would give? 

My advice is to give yourself grace in what you are doing and how you are feeling. It’s a weird time for adults and children alike. Do what you can in the schoolwork department, making experiences fun and creating everlasting memories are the most important things. Children all over the world are experiencing this together. Next year will come and teachers will work hard to make sure everyone is learning at their full potential.

 

 

 

 

 

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