Stay-at-Home Stories from IHSD Community

Stories compiled by IHSD parent Nora Melendez.

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Nora Melendez, IHSD parent

The recent shelter in place order took all of us by surprise.

Our normal routines were suddenly interrupted and my husband and I were forced to scramble to figure out how to deal with the school shutdowns, deal with anxiety of the coronavirus and making sure our family was safe, as well as getting to the store to buy whatever we needed to weather the situation. Not to mention the financial stress of not being able to work. My kids are really young (ages 5, 4 and 3) so they haven’t asked too many questions. The oldest understands that we can’t go outside as much because of a nasty bug that we need to protect ourselves from.

Our new routine includes lots of drawing, educational videos of insects and how-to art videos for Archy. And now that we have a lot of time at home, potty training for our youngest.

We need to remember that the children will only be this little for a short while longer.

After three weeks of confinement, our family is reaching a new normal. I have relaxed some of my more strict rules like bedtime and the amount of sweets the kids are allowed. But overall, the adults in the room, have tried to keep a stable home environment. Just today, we enjoyed a walk as a family. The school has been great at sending out resources that will help us with food, mental health, legal help for renters, and of course; activity ideas for the kids.

Rather than lament our inability to do a lot of the activities we were able to do in the past, we are trying to enjoy this downtime. We need to remember that the children will only be this little for a short while longer. Enjoying them now has become a priority.Read more