I now have a 5yo boy and an 18mo girl. My son is showing traits of ADD (my parents are always commenting on how he’s “just like you were at that age”, and reports from teachers sound all too familiar) so we’re trying to support him in learning ways to manage it. He already has a love for boardgames, which I’m thrilled about; it’s a bit early for Eclipse or Agricola yet, but he loves Fireball Island and Potion Explosion! Reading is a real struggle; he seems to get upset any time he doesn’t immediately recognise a word, and we try to encourage him to breathe until he settles down, then come back to it. The funny thing is that he’s very good at it, from my perspective! If anyone has any suggestions, please share (I might post on the parents’ section later)
My daughter is slow in learning to talk (just like everyone else in his family) but is making up for it in other ways, and she’s a great non-verbal communicator. She’s different in a lot of ways than her brother, but there are definite signs she looks up to him and does things to copy him. My son is a great big brother, and loves his sister to death.
As for me, well, work is intense during this time of COVID (the patients where I work aren’t allowed to leave the unit for any reason other than discharge, and aren’t allowed visitors or care packages; they cope better than I likely would, and have been supporting each other, but tensions are high), and my mental health has been hit or miss. Thankfully our home daycare person is still in business, and has been able to take my son as well while school is out, so that has been a real boon. My wife is working from home, and she’s finding it hard to let go of the very real fears surrounding this thing; She and I both are in high-risk groups, so we run about a 60% chance of needing ICU and a 20% chance of not surviving if we catch COVID. We don’t like those numbers. Adding to that stress is that we’ve never put together wills or the like, so we’re trying to find the time to do that.
And I’m trying my hand at a few DIY projects… With… Passable results. 🙂
Anyway, more later!