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Social Distancing just may be the antidote to bringing our families back together

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Ok, I'll admit. Two weeks ago, I was one of those people who didn't believe the Coronavirus was going to place the entire world in jeopardy. I don't scare easily and I'm hellbent on not living my life in fear. But as the tragic death toll continues to ring on from China, Italy, Iran, the United States and beyond, I quickly realized, this is something we should be taking seriously and should've been more vigilant about sooner. People are dying. My heart breaks for each and every soul affected by this evil virus.

It feels like we all went to bed in America on Sunday March 15, 2020 as journalists, lawyers, doctors, business owners etc. and woke up the next morning as homeschool teachers as we watched this virus bring the world to its knees. The schools closed and we were all plunged unexpectedly into these new roles none of us were qualified to take on. It's been a humbling experience to say the least.

But through online resources, social media and the strength and wisdom of other parents out there, we are tackling this noble task. But my number one tip would be not to drive yourself or your child crazy in the process. I don't think any of us need a fully structured school day at the moment. We are all processing this together. It's overwhelming on so many levels. Take this time to treat your child to some arts and humanities gems they might not be exposed to at this age in school. After all, the arts are always sadly first to be cut from school budgets. Now is an ideal time to supplement that at home.

Today, I took my 5-year-old son on a virtual tour of Versailles and then showed him the 10 most famous paintings in the world and we discussed what made each painting great. It turns out my kid is as enamored with surrealism and Salvador Dali as I am. As we stared at Dali's "The Persistence of Memory" on my iPhone, I experienced my own epiphany.

This time we have isolated with our loved ones at home is precious. This is truly a chance for us to reconnect as families. While we're social distancing ourselves from the world, we can finally carve out that time to discover a new story book together or a new favorite film. We can journal our hopes and dreams and while we're staying inside to protect ourselves and others, we can rediscover what's been missing within.

May we look back at this time in our lives and remember how distancing ourselves actually brought us closer together. All we have is time now. Use it wisely.

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