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  1. I think I will feel safe when the number of new cases is dropping/has dropped, and when the doctors and hospitals are back to their normal routines of appointments, visitors, etc., or when they decide that things are back to normal and that they like the general precautions and are sticking to them. (If they all decide that stricter limits on visitors and more telemedicine is a good thing, then fine.)
  2. Is she too warm? My own 1yo does not like his footie sleepers anymore, even when it is cold. He wants his feet bare and is happy in a onesie and pants. He kicks off all blankets so his feet can be bare. I notice that if I put him in a sleeper, he wakes much more, but in a onesie and pants, he sleeps great.
  3. 15yo are hard. They have Opinions! Honestly, if you're fighting with him about what you want him to do vs. what he is requesting to do, I would probably just go with what he wants to do. We all have ideals and ways we want to see it done, but getting it done, and having a good relationship with your son, are probably more important than ideal. Perhaps you could make some of the shows/movies as family supplements in the evening or something.
  4. WIC only runs for kids up to age 5, so mostly it quits before school age, precisely because kids who qualify for WIC also likely qualify for free or reduced lunch. I think food stamps also assume that school age kids are getting free or reduced lunch. I personally like the idea of a good, nutritious lunch just being part of everyone's school day. (Not the fast food junk that seems to be what my local school serves.) That seems like it would be more efficient in general than figuring out who gets free or reduced lunch, and far less emotionally damaging. I would very much support involving kids in preparing food too as part of their curriculum. In elementary school, it folds in easily into a practical math/science/civics program, and in high school, it can certainly count as elective credit in food science, home ec, institution management, whatever. I know places around here do offer summer lunch for kids, and I have heard that they encourage anyone, even those who don't normally get free/reduced school lunch, to take it in order to keep their numbers up. They're offering lunches for any kids under 18 right now, regardless of whether or not you go to their schools. We haven't tried them, because getting everyone loaded up is more than I feel like doing, and we aren't at the point where we *need* it, but I think it's nice that they're offering. I do think parents probably would figure out ways to feed their kids, at least most of them, but I'm ALL for making things a little easier on parents who need a boost. I don't love the quality of school lunch right now, but if it saves a single mom or a couple working multiple jobs a little stress, I'm okay with that because I have had times when things were really tight, and "it just takes five minutes" adds up fast. Feed the children.
  5. My husband is now working from home, so that in itself is special, although we also took off a couple of days from bookwork to get things set up for him. We are mostly business as usual, so our usual school work takes up the days. I've been trying to take advantage of some of the fun free stuff that's been put out, like Mo Willems's lunchtime doodles. Last week we binge watched all of the current LegoMasters show. The kids miss karate (although their instructor is making videos for home practice), and my one little guy misses his art class, but they have each other, a yard, electronics, schoolwork, art supplies, and a ton of board games, so we are definitely not hurting for things to do. The hardest is that my middle guy misses his BFF, whom he usually plays with every week or so for several hours, so I've been more lenient about online minecraft. But in general, things haven't changed too much for us.
  6. I've seen more neighbors out walking than usual but nobody breaking the rules. My husband said Home Depot was packed with kids tonight (why???), but the grocery store was empty.
  7. My hospital canceled all non-elective surgeries, and also, if your hysterectomy was to be done by an OBGYN (my GYN did my ovarian cyst and one tube removal) that's also one less chance for the doctor to be exposed to the virus so that he/she is there for a laboring mama. (I've also read that some OBGYNs are canceling all GYN patients in favor of the pregnant mamas right now.) So yes, I think you did the right thing.
  8. I think PA has done okay. Schools and non-life-sustaining businesses are closed, and I'm glad they went to that quickly. Our governor seems to be pretty on top of communicating. The two hospital systems around me have gone to very strict "no visitor except for a handful of circumstances" policies, have canceled a lot of elective stuff, and are making alternate arrangements for routine visits. I don't know that closing school for just two weeks was the right thing, because I'm afraid people will be more angry when their kids don't go back to school in a week, but gradual might be better. I anticipate announcements this week about long term school decisions. Now we just need a consensus and some answers for the homeschoolers in the state. I'm expecting MD to follow with the non-life-sustaining businesses being closed.
  9. Exactly. PA has made a clear list and has clarified what that means. First they said essential, and gyms were excluded, but construction counted as essential. When they went to life-sustaining, construction got excluded, except for emergency repairs and construction of healthcare facilities. It doesn't seem to take livelihood into account.
  10. Quill, DH and I are wondering about all of that too. What exactly IS the difference between "only go to life-sustaining businesses" and "shelter in place?" We are at only life-sustaining businesses here in PA right now, and IDK what would actually be different if we went to shelter in place.
  11. Thanks -- sorry it is up today though, but I guess that's to be expected.
  12. Yeah, this. Teenage son and daughter say they're doing their parts, thanks to phones and internet, but we have eight people and a puppy in a moderately sized house, and several people share bedrooms. There's only so much we can do. We aren't especially at high risk; I'm probably the highest risk due to asthma, and nobody stays away from me, lol.
  13. I get what you're saying. My solution has been to have at least a couple of books going at once. For kids who can read, they are typically assigned historical fiction that corresponds to history studies as independent reading, and readalouds of classic literature are bedtime/lunchtime family books that we enjoy together. My one son is currently reading Tales from Ancient Egypt on his own, while I'm reading The Moffats to him and his brothers. For non-readers, I may just have a couple of readalouds going at once. And we also always have a book of poetry going too.
  14. Yep, Flovent is what I use when my asthma starts flaring and needing albuterol more often. The spring allergies and warm air have made it flare now, so I've been using the Flovent, in the hope that keeping the asthma better controlled is better for covid-19 than a risk from steroids.
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