Thursday, March 19, 2020

A Sense of Normalcy

Not sure how things are at your house but here days are starting to run together. I find that I have to check my phone to figure out what day of the week it is and we are only on day 6 of this social distancing. I am doing my best to try to ensure a sense of normalcy at our house.

Each day, we all get dressed. It would be so easy to stay in pajamas all day, and on holidays and snow days, we have been known to do that but there is something about the act of getting dressed that helps the day feel more normal.

Each day, I make a family dinner. Those dinners are a little 'looser' than they have been in the past. I make a protein and each person can choose how they eat it. Yesterday, I made chicken breast. My daughter ate it as a chicken breast with a side of parsley red skin potatoes and a bowl of berries. My son and husband enjoyed it as a Chipotle style bowl with brown cilantro rice, fajita veggies, salsa, lettuce and shredded cheese. I had mine on a salad.

Each day, we sit down together and watch a show. Most days it is Jeopardy but when one of our series has a new show, we try to catch up on it. On some days, we have a snack tray to go with it.

The rest of the day is pretty do as you do. Time on schoolwork, time watching shows, time walking or running, time reading, time building puzzles and playing games, time on the computer and such. That is less structured than real life but the structure of doing little things is helping us not feeling like days are simply running together and allowing us to have some sense of being individual days.

How are you keeping a sense of normalcy at your house? What are the standards in your daily routine?