Motherhood – See the two pictures? One is what I imagine my bathroom looks like. The other is my reality. I hear other moms/women talk about taking long soaks in the tub with Epson salts, calming music in the background, candles or a diffuser filling the room with delightful smells. If my bathroom looked like the picture on the left, I would do the same. Instead, my bathtub looks like the picture on the right. It’s full of dinosaurs. It’s so full of dinosaurs that my daughter sits on the edge of the bath because she has no space to sit. So she sits on the edge, puts her feet in the water, plays with random dinosaurs that float by, and waits for “soap time”. I could stress out about the mess. But the reality is those toys make my kids happy. And quiet. So instead of soaking in a bathtub to destress, I sit in the kitchen and enjoy the peace and quiet. For 5 minutes. And then begins the screaming and crying because someone pulled someone’s hair, someone bit someone, or they are just screaming and crying for no reason. Enjoy the mess and quiet my friends!
Teaching Tips – Whether you are teaching virtually, in a classroom, a combination of both, or homeschooling, the teacher tip for you today is to set a timer to remind yourself to get up and move! Use that timer to give you and your students (or your children) a brain break. If you’re teaching online, then you and your students are stuck in front of a computer all day. If you’re in the classroom, the new social distancing rules may have you scared to allow too much movement and collaboration. If you’re homeschooling, you may be unable to do all the normal activities that would get you out of the house. As adults, our focus and overall ability to think declines after working on one task for too long. Our children have a much shorter focus. So set those timers! For 60 minutes, 30 minutes, or 10 minutes (which is said to be the best time frame for students). When that timer goes off, put on some music, let kids move around, let kids share about things that have nothing to do with school. Then start the cycle all over again. You’d be surprised how much more work gets done.