Social Distancing Sanely
For this stay-at-home-mompreneur, social distancing presents a rather marginal transition in the day-to-day routine. The kids’ activities have been canceled, and my twice-weekly nanny has indefinitely canceled, as she has a full house of people to care for herself. Understandably, my social engagements have canceled.
As a homebody, I don’t mind being “forced” to stay home, but I know the day the kids are sick of me and I’m desperate to leave the house is inevitable. I’ve witnessed people do an amazing job of banding together and supporting each other through this time (from Twitter to my immediate community). This includes publishing awesome content and tips on how the first world can “survive” this dramatic shift in daily living.
Here are some tips I’ve both read about and personally conjured up and adopted to ease this transition and leverage this new normal from a productive standpoint.
Practice Safe Childcare
I work from home most of the time, and I know I will need some support this week. We are lucky to have a talented, healthy (13-year-old) mother’s helper who agreed to spend a few hours twice next week so I can get a break from my very young, very wonderful, and very high-maintenance children. While we can’t guarantee none of us has been exposed, we feel the risk we’re taking is limited, since my kids, my husband, our mother’s helper, and I haven’t shown symptoms and are otherwise healthy.
Spring into Cleaning
I’m admittedly OCD (which I know is absolutely incompatible with having children), so I am not sad about having more time and space to bring more order to our household. I came across this awesome post by The Home Edit about taking this time to organize. Orgasmic to my eyes and brain (except the color-coding of phone apps – I’m more of a functional sorter).
Harness a Routine
I have a family routine posted on our fridge we proverbially toss out the window daily. Since I don’t have the excuse of interruptions of late arrivals home, I am going to take this time to actually stick to bath nights and bedtimes. Maybe even finally have proper sit-down meals, because I want to teach my daughter the ritual of dining.
Mindfully Support Small Businesses
I am taking this time to responsibly support small businesses however I can. Shut-downs are already hitting small biz. Since fewer people are dining out and shopping, I am trying to be mindful of the establishments in our small town that we can support during this time. This doesn’t have to mean hardcore in-person interactions – online orders, pick-up orders, gift cards – they all make a difference.
Tweak Habits for Future Disaster
My limited mobility as a SAHMompreneur (2 under 2 and their car seats yield a next level situation) forced me to be strategic about home supply stash. These are the products and companies that have helped us to preempt supply disaster in our home thus far:
Dropps. This subscription-based laundry detergent supplier stocks your home for months with eco-responsible detergent pods shipped in recycled/recyclable packaging.
Who Gives a Crap. Another subscription, WGAC ships TP and other eco-friendly paper goods to your doorstep. I have never been more grateful for these guys. (They also donate half their profits to organizations that improve access to hygiene, water, and basic sanitation in developing countries. What’s better than this?!)
Grove Collaborative. This Certified B Corp ships home supplies to its members on a monthly basis. Thankfully, we have biodegradable disinfectant wipes, dish soap, and hand soap for months to come.
Coterie. On-demand diapers of the softest quality around (my 4-month-old is in these).
Dyper. Subscription-based bamboo diapers with an option to requests SOS top-offs (my 20-month-old is in these).
Aside from practicing vigilance, don’t forget the small things. Call family members and friends, particularly the elderly. See if anyone in your neighborhood needs anything. Perhaps don’t hoard more TP than you need from your local store – remember that others need it, too. Try to bring levity to/despite the situation for your kids’ sake. They reflect our energy, and I personally don’t like to see my kids stressed (not to mention stress weakens the immune system). I’ve had intermittent dance parties with my kids, and it’s both lightened the mood and brought us laughs.
Stay safe, stay sane.
Adapted from Not Your Typical Mom Blog by Christina Bogatsky