This is Part 3 of our Homeschooling On Bed Rest Series.
Establish a Means of Communication with the Outside World:
Adult human connection is a physical and emotional necessity. Some people can do this with a calendar, notebook and a telephone, but a portable computer is really helpful, not just for keeping in touch with your student’s teacher, but also for scheduling visits, arranging care, conducting research, creating lists, tracking your student’s work, having a record of conversations to refer back to and making online purchases for delivery. The more self-reliant you are the better.
Accept Volunteer Help:
Choose Your Help – Although it may be uncomfortable at times, it is necessary to accept help at times, particularly with regards to your schooling. Try to establish some form of normalcy by arranging for play dates (with rides elsewhere or in your home) or learning cooperatives. Whatever the case, it is easier to decide whom you want to contact and ask for help from someone you know and like than to accept random volunteers. It’s that or you may be forced to accept offers of help from possibly difficult individuals who you would otherwise prefer not to have in your home or care for your children.
Determine Your Minimum Level of Need – Bear in mind that although friends and family may willingly volunteer help initially, they do have full lives of their own. It is unrealistic for you to expect an on-going high level of help from them. If there is a possibility of help being required for an extended period of time (more than a few days) you will need to minimize and distribute the help you ask from them, and to establish the difference between your wants and needs (groceries are a need, whereas decorating specialty cupcakes for a child’s birthday isn’t; cleaning your kitchen and washing your dishes are needs, whereas washing your seasonal clothing and sorting your storage room are not).
Work out the minimum amount of effort required from others. You see, if too much is asked of individuals, even though they were genuinely willing when they offered the help, you will not likely be able to ask them for help when you have need later. If the work is dispersed, the less the likelihood of people feeling used or over-burdened.
Possible Time Savers Include:
– Order items online or via catalogue for delivery to a neighbour’s instead of asking someone to dedicate hours to shopping
– Get a lawn service to tend the lawn
– Hire a weekly cleaning service
– Arrange for grocery delivery service
– Order take-out (sushi, pizza, subway sandwiches, any local restaurant or deli) or include pre-prepared meals on your grocery list. Many stores, such as Costco, specialize in prepared meals in their deli and freezer sections)
– Place library books on hold for pick-up by a friend en route to your home (they will need your library card)
– Create a recipe file of simple, one-dish menu items using staples you have in your home
– Arrange for a local laundry service
– Exchange rent of a room for care services (preferably if you are comfortable with the person already; this is not the best time to have strangers in your home, emotionally or physically)
– Arrange for online or automated billing, even if temporarily