Wow! What a long day these past three weeks have been! If you are like us; trying to work from home while homeschooling our girls has been a real challenge. The first two weeks even with work still felt like we were on vacation. Then reality set in the third week….how in the hell are we all going to get all this work done together.
My husband and I share an office that normally works very well for keeping each other accountable and getting our work done. Now with the girls who are 7 and 5, they are not able to complete all their work independently. Thank god they are not older with harder work because I think I would lose my mind.
I grabbed my planner and started to try to time block for myself and the girls. In theory, I planned on 2 hours a day for them to do school work while I worked alongside them. Keep in mind I said in theory…I set up a desk in our office for the girls thinking how nice this would be. Our whole family working together in harmony right…WRONG! My 7-year-old was able to do her work on her own once the task was explained, which gave me about 15 minutes at a time. The 5-year-old, once the task was explained, took no more than 5 minutes to complete her work, because she is in JK. I am sure you can see the problem it only gave me maybe 10 minutes of peace if I was lucky before hearing Mama, Ma, Mommy because they needed clarification or I’m done now what? As you can imagine I was back and forth from my desk to their so many times I was started to wonder why I thought this would be a good idea. Then my husband starts to get annoyed because it seemed like every 30 seconds they were saying my name and he could not concentrate. What a shit show 2 hours I replied to 2 emails and logged into my back office just to stare at the screen. My wonderful vision of us all working together blown-up on the first day and there is still another 7 hours to go…7.
The rest of the day was like any other day when I was home fulltime; keeping the girls busy while they asked for snacks every 20 minutes or when they got bored. Counting down the time until my husband was able to join us and give me a break (which was making dinner). Now it’s 7:45 pm the girls are asleep, I have peace and quiet to get my work done. Riiiight I am exhausted from the day, drinking a glass of wine and I don’t want to do shit. Staring at my planner trying to time block a new routine for tomorrow, instead of doing my work….we will get through this right?