Creative Child May 2020 - Page 27

Truth is, we still need boundaries. Boundaries don’t have to mean rigid inflexibilities we can’t enforce. And while they certainly won’t have the clean definitions once provided to us by the bolstering walls of schools and the support of coaches, we still need structure in our day to help keep us moving. Here are some tips to help create much needed boundaries and preserve sanity. • CREATE A SCHEDULE. Formulating a schedule is a lot like interior designing: pick a focal point like a couch and design around it. A good place to start is by asking your child two to three things he’d like to do that day. Then share three things you want to do that day. Design a loose schedule that incorporates these things as best you can, with the understanding that what doesn’t get attended to will be paid attention to the following day. Today, my daughters wanted to do a STEM candle project by Kiwico, go on a bike ride, and talk to their friends on Zoom. I, in turn, wanted to clean the living room and their playroom (something I would need their help with), work on taxes and exercise. After they completed their schoolwork, the first thing we did was get some much-needed air and go for a bike ride. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make the bike ride my exercise as well. I don’t have a bike, but I ran alongside my kids. It wasn’t exactly the peaceful idyllic jog I had in mind, but I was happy enough to get some exercise in. 26