Did you read this piece published on Medium the other day? The title says it all: Parents are not OK.
Here’s a snippet:
“My inbox, social media feeds and countertops are *filled* with creative ideas for educating and caring for your kids. Workbooks, games, creative projects and experiments, virtual yoga, virtual doodling, virtual zoo visits, virtual everything.
“I honestly am too tired and stretched thin to read the suggestions, let alone try them. The few I have tried have been met with astounding and fierce rejection by my son.”
Can you relate? I sure can.
The piece got me thinking again about what MiniBury can offer during this difficult time. Maybe we don’t need daily crafting recommendations. What we need — what I need — is connection with other parents.
To that end, we are starting a series of posts called “A day at home,” in which we offer a glimpse into a local family’s life and routine on lockdown.
If you’d like your family to be featured, fill out this survey. There are 12 questions; answer any that inspire you.
Think of this as a dispatch from your island, a message in a bottle to all the other families out there.
Over the next few weeks, we will incorporate your responses and photos into a series of posts for Minibury.com and our social media pages.
In other news, the Addy Indy’s John Flowers checked in last week with the team of tireless volunteers making sure area kids are fed during school closure. Read his story here.
If you’re walking down Weybridge Street in Middlebury this week, see how many Easter eggs you can count near Otter Creek Child Center.
We did a few fun things online this week: We danced with Middlebury’s Christal Brown and her son, Gabe; giggled at these dolphins delighting in seeing a sloth; read a heartening letter of gratitude from Addison County’s early-childhood educators; and we watched a car parade in Vergennes (which has become a nightly event) and wondered how we can get something similar going in Middlebury, too.
Be well, stay home and keep in touch.