Schools around the country have closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Which means the kids are home. And parents are suddenly thrust into the role of teacher–often while also trying to work from home.
Staying home is essential to flattening the curve, to spreading out the number of people who need medical assistance in order to give our frontline warriors–the doctors, nurses, and medical personnel fighting tirelessly to save lives–time. Time could make all the difference in this fight against this virus that has touched so many already, and the least we can do is stay home to give them that very precious resource.
But…after more than a week of being quarantined with my children, I can say with a fair amount of certainty that it can drive you bonkers. And that’s on a good day. Being quarantined with kids is an experience worth tweeting about, as the parents of Twitter prove with these truly insightful tweets about quarantine life with kids.
Schedules abounded on social media those first few days of quarantine life. In my house, we wrote out a schedule with rules. As it turns out, the first rule of being quarantined with kids is…there are no rules. It’s survival mode. Screen time and snacks alllllll day. (We’ve since switched to the below schedule.)
I put together a schedule for my kids to give them some structure during #QuarantineLife and I thought other parents might find it helpful:
7am-7pm: Unsupervised screentime, punctuated by snacks
— Christina Kerby (@ChristinaKerby) March 24, 2020
Because here’s the truth: the struggle is real, and pretty universal.
I don't know how to home school while working, keeping kids entertained, and making sure a house full of people is fed three times a day. The clutter and dirty dishes are now nonstop. #QuarantineLife
— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) March 19, 2020
Not only are we quarantined with kids, some parents are suddenly thrust into the role of homeschool teacher. And it’s fine. It’s totally and completely absolutely fine.
Homeschooling is going just great. Two kids suspended for fighting and one teacher fired for drinking on the job
— Sal•mah♣ (@cel_mah_) March 19, 2020
Luckily, trusty Alexa is always there to lend a hand. Or at least give the kids another name to say besides “mom” all day long.
And definitely if you’re homeschooling, don’t forget to practice all the safety routines. (Side note, asking for a friend: exactly how long can a fire drill last?)
If you see my boys locked outside, mind your business.
We're having a fire drill.#homeschool
— Jack's Dad (@DaddingAround) March 24, 2020
Being quarantined with kids means things are going to get interesting. The faster we all embrace it, the easier this quarantine life is going to be.
And chances are, it’s going to get even more interesting before things get back to normal.
— Samifer (@Samiferjones) March 24, 2020
Does it make it easier if we call our kids coworkers? Maybe. Either way, looks like you’re the one cleaning up the mess.
Ok. Let’s have some fun.
Tell us something your kids did but call them your coworker.
— Christopher Kurtz (@PeerThru) March 18, 2020
And as much as we like to joke about the struggles of being quarantined with our kids, there are some moments that we wouldn’t miss. Being quarantined with kids sometimes gives you a reason to slow down, maybe even to spread a little light and love into the world.
Took the kids out for a walk and decided to make some art and spread a little sunshine in our neighborhood today #QuarantineLife #coronavirus Anybody have a any quotes for me to use tomorrow? #WritingCommunity pic.twitter.com/3LDk9FFaFU
— Miranda Tamrakar (@MirandaTamrakar) March 23, 2020
And sometimes, being quarantined with kids is a chance to remember that you are so, so loved and appreciated.
Our youngest started leaving notes for me around the house. He is hugging me extra tight each day when I leave for work. This is scary for our kids. Take time to give them special care and remember they are always absorbing. #kidsathome #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/Je6rK6Ub07
— OBXHospPrez (@OBXHospPrez) March 23, 2020