We have been home for 5 weeks. Parks closed and everything else closed. I go food shopping once every 10 days or so and buy so much we can barely fit it in the fridge. I have a whole "shopping pack" with glasses, a mask, surgical gloves, clorox wipes for the shopping cart and hand sanitizer We have a porch and small yard so that we can go outside and it helps when the weather is good. But tension can rise suddenly....my new motto is to smile even when I don't feel like smiling. Both kids are home and I don't want to create needless worry by showing that I am anxious. Have had some sleepless nights but am adjusting to the new normal and focusing on keeping everyone safe and doing my job. We all have something to do whether it is online learning or online teaching or working remotely, so we are trying to be respectful of each other's schedules. We come together for meals and netflix watching and recently had a family game night. One day at a time, one foot in front of the other. Being thankful for the small acts of kindness that we are surrounded by from neighbors and friends, and that so far we are all well and have not been ill and trying not to mourn what we have lost. I can't help thinking that 9/11, Hurricane Sandy and Anorexia Nervosa helped prepare me for this situation. We are in the epicenter of the outbreak at the moment and if I can keep everything calm here our house can be like the eye of the storm.
Being thankful for small things. Kind neighbors. A rainbow I saw the other day. The brave healthcare workers who are on the front lines fighting the hardest and most frightening battle for all of us.
For those who are struggling, trying to have some semblance of a schedule seems to help us. Try to work in some crafts, or artwork, knitting, any activities your child might like and start some projects if you are able to. Food prep takes a long time as we all know.
@NELLYUK I am glad that your d has been able to help control the purging by driving around. At least that is something positive to help her move forward.
@LaraB Is your daughter interested in anything creative and can you plan some projects together? Have you tried to adjust your daughter's sleep schedule by waking her one hour earlier each day for example, tomorrow wake her at 2, the day after at 1, etc? Is there some way to get her to eat with the family and not in her room? Again, starting with small steps, if you have total refusal, by having her have snack with you or one meal with you and then increasing. Our schedules have been pretty off also, some days we have had dinner at 10 pm because both kids are sleeping until noon. But as long as there are three meals it is fine. So breakfast at noon, lunch at 5 and dinner at 10.
Stay safe everyone.