So we’ve had a rough week. It started with Amani catching a stomach virus from Avery. Avery threw up 3x on Saturday afternoon and got a little dehydrated and looked overall just pale and clammy. Then,my mom starts throwing up early Sunday evening followed by Amani. For awhile they were neck in neck on sprints to the bathroom but Amani took it home with 7 total trips. Avery had gotten well which was good but he was very active while I was tending to Mom and Amani.
But we made it through. I kept Amani home on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday she came home and told me there was a confirmed case of Corona in the neighborhood where she goes to school. That scared me a little but I let her go to school the rest of the week. At her school,the students are prepping for the state exams. Amani is always a mess leading up to state exams and I give her a couple of mental health days just to get her mind off of studying. Her being sick was a great excuse to also give her down time.
Then parent teacher conferences was coming up and I really wanted to attend because Amani’s attitude has really changed in the last few months. I wanted to see if her teachers noticed. I was hesitant to travel with Avery to Amani’s school because of Coronavirus. Thank goodness the school made the decision to cancel it and have the teachers call the parents to do a phone conference and send the report cards home. So I spoke to Amani’s homeroom/ Humanties teacher, Art teacher, Math teacher, and gym teacher. Her grades are ok, they have dipped a bit but not anything drastic.
The biggest change has been her behavior. When speaking with her Math teacher, she divulged that she thinks Amani hates her. Teacher said Amani is never rude but sarcastic and she does question authority a little more. Home room teacher said she is a lottle more vocal and her friend group may be an influence. I thought long and hard about Amani’s age and situation and realized that she is acting out a little because the only life she’s ever known has been up ended. Math teacher suggests counseling amd after Amani calls me on the way to school in full breakdown to explain that her behavior is because she’s being teased about her weight, I decided she DEFINITELY needs to see the guidance counselor.
I can’t even tell you how brokenhearted I was to hear this from my child. She said she has been struggling with being authentic because her classmates tease her for it. So we discuss it, I suggest the counselor, she objects at first then concedes.
I took a social media break this past weekend and when I logged back on, I hear the term social distancing floating around. After Google university, I find via this article from The Atlantic that social distancing is “a term that epidemiologists are using to refer to a conscious effort to reduce close contact between people and hopefully stymie community transmission of the virus”. In layman’s terms it means stay indoors away from everything and everybody. The experts say that behavior may be a bit extreme but I’m going to go with it. I’m going to spend time with my daughter teaching her to make her favorite dish, spend time with my son teaching him colors and numbers in Spanish and English. Also, I’m going to bleach everything and schedule hand washing for the kids. Isn’t there a theory that if you do something 21 times, it becomes a habit? Yeah, let’s go with that.
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But I’m really looking forward to setting my intentions and following through with blog goals. This is my business and I have to start treating it as such. I’m currently working on the aesthetics and logo as well as pursuing some ARC opportunities. I hope those of you participating in social distancing use the time wisely. Stay safe out there.
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