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Old 04-20-2020, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Many kids are outside playing in their yards in my neighborhood. The spring has been great so far so plenty of opportunities to get outside. It's a shame the kids can't play together, but it's nice to see kids outside running and playing ball and such.

I've got two 7 year olds and a 2.5 year old. It's been interesting trying to mix home school plus keeping a 2.5 year old entertained and managing two working parents, but we've figured out a routine. For the most part, we try and get outside when we can since the weather has been so great. The two older boys can someone manage independently but it's been a challenge with the little guy. My wife is opposed to screen time in general, so that is avoided as much as possible (usually a movie is used as a reward or holiday treat).

Biggest PITA has been the schooling. Each week the teachers ramp up the requirements and assignments and require work is submitted and are now adding art and music. They also take attendance. SO juggling that has been the most stressful part of this with both parents trying to get their work done. The weekends are looked forward to for different reasons.

MA is right in the the thick of things and probably won't be relaxing until the June timeframe. I told the wife to order some yard games/inflatables because it appears this year we will be hanging around our yard quite a bit.

On a positive note, i'm enjoying spending a lot more personal time with our kiddos.
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Old 04-20-2020, 11:00 AM
 
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Im In Boston and I guess my opinion on the weather is different than mikes. To me it’s been darn cold. We had a mild winter but high 40s and low 50s isn’t exactly the kind of weather I want to be outside in for long periods of time. Yesterday was 60 so that was nice. Ideal weather for me to be out in is 65 or above
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Old 04-23-2020, 09:52 PM
 
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Social distancing doesn't mean hid indoors. You can go outside. Play in the yard. All those things. Just avoid congregating in group settings.
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Old 04-29-2020, 08:45 AM
 
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Many kids are outside playing in their yards in my neighborhood. The spring has been great so far so plenty of opportunities to get outside. It's a shame the kids can't play together, but it's nice to see kids outside running and playing ball and such.

I've got two 7 year olds and a 2.5 year old. It's been interesting trying to mix home school plus keeping a 2.5 year old entertained and managing two working parents, but we've figured out a routine. For the most part, we try and get outside when we can since the weather has been so great. The two older boys can someone manage independently but it's been a challenge with the little guy. My wife is opposed to screen time in general, so that is avoided as much as possible (usually a movie is used as a reward or holiday treat).

Biggest PITA has been the schooling. Each week the teachers ramp up the requirements and assignments and require work is submitted and are now adding art and music. They also take attendance. SO juggling that has been the most stressful part of this with both parents trying to get their work done. The weekends are looked forward to for different reasons.

MA is right in the the thick of things and probably won't be relaxing until the June timeframe. I told the wife to order some yard games/inflatables because it appears this year we will be hanging around our yard quite a bit.

On a positive note, i'm enjoying spending a lot more personal time with our kiddos.
I'm a grandmother spending lockdown with two grandsons (6 and 3). Their parents have essential jobs. This is rural Ohio. The kids have lots of room to run and roam, but there are no close neighbor kids.
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Old 04-29-2020, 08:49 AM
 
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Many kids are outside playing in their yards in my neighborhood. The spring has been great so far so plenty of opportunities to get outside. It's a shame the kids can't play together, but it's nice to see kids outside running and playing ball and such.

I've got two 7 year olds and a 2.5 year old. It's been interesting trying to mix home school plus keeping a 2.5 year old entertained and managing two working parents, but we've figured out a routine. For the most part, we try and get outside when we can since the weather has been so great. The two older boys can someone manage independently but it's been a challenge with the little guy. My wife is opposed to screen time in general, so that is avoided as much as possible (usually a movie is used as a reward or holiday treat).

Biggest PITA has been the schooling. Each week the teachers ramp up the requirements and assignments and require work is submitted and are now adding art and music. They also take attendance. SO juggling that has been the most stressful part of this with both parents trying to get their work done. The weekends are looked forward to for different reasons.

MA is right in the the thick of things and probably won't be relaxing until the June timeframe. I told the wife to order some yard games/inflatables because it appears this year we will be hanging around our yard quite a bit.

On a positive note, i'm enjoying spending a lot more personal time with our kiddos.
I'm a grandmother spending lockdown with two grandsons (6 and 3). Their parents have essential jobs. This is rural Ohio. The kids have lots of room to run and roam, but there are no close neighbor kids to play with. Home schooling the oldest is a huge PITA. I'm no teacher. DD gets him up at 6:30 to work with him before she leaves for her business. But she leaves
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Old 04-29-2020, 08:58 AM
 
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Many kids are outside playing in their yards in my neighborhood. The spring has been great so far so plenty of opportunities to get outside. It's a shame the kids can't play together, but it's nice to see kids outside running and playing ball and such.

I've got two 7 year olds and a 2.5 year old. It's been interesting trying to mix home school plus keeping a 2.5 year old entertained and managing two working parents, but we've figured out a routine. For the most part, we try and get outside when we can since the weather has been so great. The two older boys can someone manage independently but it's been a challenge with the little guy. My wife is opposed to screen time in general, so that is avoided as much as possible (usually a movie is used as a reward or holiday treat).

Biggest PITA has been the schooling. Each week the teachers ramp up the requirements and assignments and require work is submitted and are now adding art and music. They also take attendance. SO juggling that has been the most stressful part of this with both parents trying to get their work done. The weekends are looked forward to for different reasons.

MA is right in the the thick of things and probably won't be relaxing until the June timeframe. I told the wife to order some yard games/inflatables because it appears this year we will be hanging around our yard quite a bit.

On a positive note, i'm enjoying spending a lot more personal time with our kiddos.
I'm a grandmother spending lockdown with two grandsons (6 and 3). Their parents have essential jobs. This is rural Ohio. The kids have lots of room to run and roam, but there are no close neighbor kids to play with. Home schooling the oldest is a huge PITA. I'm no teacher. DD gets him up at 6:30 to work with him before she leaves for her "essential" business (health food store). But she leaves ME stuck helping with the stupid Art projects. I HATE drawing pictures and doing arts and crafts (grandsons prefer Mine Craft, they don't like to color, cut and paste). They assign projects requiring construction paper, glitter, glue, etc. We don't have any of that stuff on hand. Ditto the magazines they want him to cut and glue pictures from. They don't buy or keep those either. Having to go out and
make special trips to buy it defeats the whole purpose of the lockdown.

We prefere spending time outside...hide and seek, tag, exploring. They have acres of woods that are a perfect nature study. We catch tadpoles, birdwatch, spot animal tracks, etc.

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Old 04-29-2020, 03:13 PM
 
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Luckily it's been around 70 degrees here, so no problems getting kids outside.

But yeah .. it's ironic ... like rain on your wedding day or that good advice that you just didn't take.


If you'd stop saying smart and funny things all the time, I could rep you. LOL
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Old 04-30-2020, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Im In Boston and I guess my opinion on the weather is different than mikes. To me it’s been darn cold. We had a mild winter but high 40s and low 50s isn’t exactly the kind of weather I want to be outside in for long periods of time. Yesterday was 60 so that was nice. Ideal weather for me to be out in is 65 or above
As long as it's not raining, 40's and 50's is good enough for me. Hooded sweatshirt and i'm fine. I hate being in the house, and if I go outside, the kids want to come too.

Honestly, I can't get the kids to come inside these days. Around 9AM my 2.5 year old is asking to go out. He cries when it's time to come in for lunch or nap. The two older boys are outside pretty much all day other than the required school time and if it's raining.

Our new routine is family soccer when I come home from work from 4-5PM before dinner. I used to have a perfectly manicured back-yard but I've had to come to terms with letting that go this year due to how much we've been outside. It's pretty much trampled with random holes dug up here and there. I spend me weekends filling them back in and transplanting grass around the yard.

Unfortunately it's going to rain this weekend, but i'm actually impressed at how little screen time we've had to resort to.
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Old 04-30-2020, 04:21 PM
 
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I wish my kids wanted to stay out and play in the yard. They love being outside but really just for hikes and walks. They seem to get bored in the yard, wish there was more for them to do out there

I’m seeing that it will be 66 on Saturday and Sunday and no rain hmm.
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Old 05-04-2020, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I’m seeing that it will be 66 on Saturday and Sunday and no rain hmm.
Other than Friday....seems I got that one wrong.
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