Hear me out; co-parenting is excellent, at least for us. Yes, there are weeks where we forget to pack things that the kids may need, or one of them forgot the toy of the week at one of the houses. Still, once hell hit us all, their dad and I tackled quarantine with being 100% on top of their school work, whether he did homework with them when he didn’t have to work or if they were with me while I had assignments due as well.
During all the chaos, make sure communication is a priority.
Due dates and distractions!
I realize how fortunate I am to have children and also being able to go to college myself, but I hadn’t snapped into the reality of how difficult it was going to be. Juggling the daily house duties, the kids’ homework, my homework, a teething baby, all without the help I had come dependent on during the typical semester.
I would assist Grace with her studies while Clair was napping, it was quick as long as she wasn’t trying to play with her toys or if Emmett wasn’t asking for a million things at once. If Clair were still in a deep sleep, I would knock out the most straightforward assignment(s), allowing me to check it off my “to-do list.”
We are setting up time just for fun!
I knew the kids were getting bored being inside all day, every day. I made sure I took time away from studying to play with them or read to them. Pinterest is my go-to when it comes to looking up kid-friendly activities. One day I had found “animal exercises” for us to do since they are both out of school; neither one would be getting their P.E. time.
When I need serious focus time I,
Once I notice I’m getting behind on my studies, I make sure the children are put to bed earlier; that way, I have quiet time to myself. I step into a strict student mode. I have my laptop open, my notebook, and pen ready for notes on what I have to write about for through discussions; that way, my topic is persuasive and has substantial evidence. I find this is helpful for me when it comes to learned material verses, just remembering it for the test.