Monday and Tuesday, we stuck to our schedule (see previous blog post). We got through all of the planned work . Issy complained but completed all his academic work. Zach kept messing around and complaining. It took him forever to do the work, because he spent the entire time complaining.
Vlad worked since he is considered an essential employee. Luckily, he and his employees can work virtually. Their office is technically open (it has to be), but they are all at home working.
I unpacked and organized our office so Vlad had a quiet place to work. I had written out the chore list on our family board. Monday went well. We had a few "I don't want to", but the chores were completed.
Tuesday was a different story. I was finishing up the office and at times annoying Zach. He was in his room and I would pop in every 10 minutes and show him a random document I found while unpacking. I found mine and Vlad's diplomas, so I ran into Zach's office and said, "Look! mom and dad's diploma."
Zach, "That's nice,"
10 minutes later: Me, " Look! It's the dog's vaccine record!"
Zach, " I don't care!"
Me (10 minutes later), "Look! It's our 2015 tax returns."
I did this about 10 more time, He eventually ran away to the basement.
At about 4 pm I am done with the office and go downstairs to order pizza for dinner . We are trying to support our local restaurants by ordering takeout/delivery once a week. When I get downstairs, I see a huge mess. Snack wrappers everywhere, all the dishes in the sink (literally all the plates and most of the bowls), opened cans of smoothies, their computers, the dog has not been walked, no food in the dog bowl , etc...
I told them both to come upstairs and clean up after themselves. They both had a fit. Started to tell me how they have no time to play or free time. I just make them do schoolwork, etc.…
I showed them the chart and went over the numbers. Their total work time was 2 hours each day. They did not clean so those hours were spent playing video games. They played games from 10 am to midnight on Monday and 9 am to 4 pm on Tuesday.
Still they complained. So today I took away their phones and the Xbox. I also, took into consideration that online school starts Monday, so I had them only do math and clean.
It is amazing how fast they cleaned up after themselves.
So, back to what we are doing today and tomorrow.
Since school starts Monday (online) I am having them complete 45 minutes of math and that is it. If you want a plan you can still follow my original schedule
Just remember that everyone is going to fall behind in school during this time. Don't stress out . Take it day by day and just take care of yourself. It's difficult trying to juggle it all.