You might wonder why you are getting a Dublin Event Guide this week. NO events, means my services are not really needed. Right? But you have a lot more time now than before and not that much to do! Right? And since the lock down was announced last night, you have even less options to enjoy the good weather outside. So what is there to do? I will try to help a little and that is why you get the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) even in these event-less times.
I also want to continue providing you with more information about the Coronavirus situation and in my own blog posts I have looked at “Do we really need a Lockdown?” (www.joergsteegmueller.com/2020/03/28/the-corona-files-do-we-really-need-a-lockdown/) and am also giving a lot of background information about Covid-19 testing (www.joergsteegmueller.com/2020/03/28/the-corona-files-whats-the-story-about-covid-19-testing/)
“Pivoting” is the thing that is most required at the moment. Pivoting means in this instance “making small adjustments to go into a new direction”. This Coronavirus is new to ALL of us. We don’t know what will happen next to us and to others and what we can and should do next. Politicians are similarly lost and some show it more, others less.
For some, this time off work is a great time out, to just do nothing or watch TV/Netflix day and night, others are busier than ever, working on their own stuff, learning things, adding new skills etc. Others again are worried a lot or feel lonely. Wherever you are, be assured that it will go over and will return to a possibly somewhat new reality, but definitely to something that resembles your life before more than it does right now.
And if you feel stressed, please reach out to others, there is help available!
I am not sure if this is of interest, but I would be very happy to organise a virtual meeting if some of you are interested. Please let me know on www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide if you think such a meeting would be a good idea and when (time and day) it would be best for you. If there is enough interest, I will organise something. ;-)
Before we get to some suggestions for what to do this weekend and in the following week, I need to tell you again that the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” is 100% user supported and is completely non-profit. That means your help is needed to pay the bills and all your donations will be used for the Dublin Event Guide, none will go to myself.
You can provide your support by visiting www.DublinEventGuide.com and then favourably considering (!!) the advertisements there. Last week I accidentally had a typo in the link to the website, so the donation level was super low. Maybe you can help this week?
And here are three other ways to help if they work better for you, they are not free, but help even more:
First: You can donate directly via www.paypal.me/DublinEventGuide (any amount is appreciated!!)
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Third: For the Revolut people among you it is super easy via 0872931571.
Due to the Lockdown, the options are a little bit more limited, but you are still allowed to go outside for a walk with your family or flatmates. This walk has to be within 2km from your home and if you want to check how far that is, go to radiusmap.traveltimeplatform.com/ and type in your address and change the radius to “2 km”. Now you can see the area within which you are still within the rules.
Especially if you have kids, provide some varied “entertainment” throughout the weekend and going for a walk is one of the options. Keep the 2m distance to people that are not part of your household and all should be fine.
Try to make that walk interesting for your kids. Discover new things and talk to them about their experience in these unusual times and especially about their worries and concerns. Often this is easier on a walk than at home.
Do I really have to home school my kids?
I am not a teacher so my answer is just my (unqualified?) opinion, but the way I see it is this: There are some things that we learn for life and other things that we learn for exams. Since most parents are not qualified as teachers and might not have the ability to properly teach a subject, the school system will have to find a way to bring all students to a level so that all have an equal chance at upcoming exams.
So I think you should definitely teach your kids a few things and you should take this serious, but maybe it would be better to teach them stuff that is relevant for life rather than what is relevant for exams.
Teach them something you are good at and that might help them to get through life. Use your life experience…and have some fun with them. Unless the teachers give you clear instructions how to do it, Maths and Irish and Science can be taught again when school resumes.
The Facebook Page 5-Minute Crafts (www.facebook.com/5min.crafts/) is full of experiments, hacks and craft ideas and most of them are suitable for kids and can be done at home.