Our household treated the first week of school closure due to COVID-19 as spring break, per our schools’ instruction. The kids asked for a day of unlimited screen time, and I acquiesced with the caveat that they couldn’t start watching until 8am.
Penny emerged this morning at 5:52. “Oh sweetie,” I said when she found me in the kitchen making my tea. I reached out my arms for a hug. “Are you just having a hard time sleeping with all this confusion?”
She looked at me with sleepy eyes and nodded slowly.
“How are you feeling about everything?” I asked, with my most compassionate voice.
“Confused?” she said.
I nodded with understanding. “It can be hard to sleep when there’s so much uncertainty.”
She said, “Mom. I just can’t sleep when I’m excited. Unlimited screen time!”
Want to read more? Here are some suggestions:
- In Their Own Words: Penny and William on Technology
- Penny’s Gift of Encouragement is a Gift to Me
- New Rules For Screen Time Pt. 1 and Pt. 2