Back when Sarah and I created our editorial calendar, one of the episodes we’d considered for early April was on kids and mornings. Back when we recorded the episode, she’d recently changed her childcare hours to have more help in the evenings. This meant evenings went smoothly but mornings…less so. She’d posted on her blog about the challenges of getting her kids to school on time. People wrote in with so many helpful suggestions that we had to make an episode about the tips (“road waffles” came up frequently).
It is still a great episode. But it has absolutely nothing to do with life right now, when a great many of us aren’t going anywhere in the mornings and even people who are don’t have schools to send their kids to. So we recorded a new episode last week talking about our current routines and some tips for working from home (especially with kids around).
Sarah is actually working from home a significant proportion of the time these days too. I think telemedicine will be one of the lasting changes from all this. As Sarah points out, many of her diabetes patients are doing around half a dozen visits per year. Converting four of those to virtual visits would save a ton of time for the kids and their caregivers. Of course, adapting to telemedicine means changing a lot of the rhythms of life. She noted that she’d not appreciated how her commute set a clear boundary between work and home. In the absence of that, everything can get mixed up. For people who find that disorienting, creating some sort of boundary might be smart.
Please give the episode a listen, and here’s hoping we’ll be back to non-COVID content soon!