WOW! What a roller coaster this last month has been ... right?
For so many of us when we got the email or the call informing our school would be closed my immediate thought was... What? How?.... What?
How are we going to be able to do this?
We knew that we did not have all the answers, but we also knew that our teachers, therapists, and community were working tirelessly to implement a system that would work and keep us all safe. In the meantime, we would have to wing it until more information and resources were introduced.
One thing we did know was we needed to set the mood, pace, and theme for this most unusual time, also known as Shelter in Place, and not allow ourselves to become stressed or panicked.
We needed to set a firm foundation rooted in fun...
Yes, you read that right.. fun! Now fun may not have been the foundation many families have chosen, some may need to focus on safety, security, confidence, or staying healthy. Some might require gathering knowledge or learning a new skill.
This foundation is about what works for YOUR family. Each family as unique as a unit as we are as individuals.
A foundation of fun for our family would enable us to ride the storm of the unknown, along with the changes to routines, support, and everything in between.
Luckily for us the following week was Spring break. Naturally, we were not going to be going away so we decided to set our fun foundation for Shelter in Place in fun by having a “glamping staycation”. That’s right. we pitched our tent in our family room and grabbed sleeping bags (or a mattress for mama and the dogs!) and we literally camped out for the entire week.
It was a super way to shift our focus away from things we cannot control, away from allowing fear of the unknown to guide us.
We stepped out with fun as the main goal and it really helped us all ease into this new crazy life. And in the meantime, to make memories that will last a lifetime.
I hope you and your family are able to find the fun, or whatever other foundation you need, every day. Even, and maybe more so, on the hardest days.
Stay safe and be well,