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What We’re Doing While Staying Isolated

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Joseph and I are back in Penticton where we’re staying isolated at home. Just looking out the window is scary for Joseph because he sees people with masks on and gloves. I’m trying to take his mind off things, and started by restricting our news time. I don’t want to teach him the habit of denial but I do want to teach him positive thinking. Dwelling on the pandemic is not good for his mental health. To help him feel better, I taught him about the medieval plague and how it was way worse but humanity still survived.

In the meantime we’ve been playing a lot of cards and board games. I also tried to restrict his video game time because I know playing too much can lead to bad habits that stretch into adulthood. He should never want to play video games all day, and for me COVID-19 is not an excuse to do this. So we’ve been spending a lot of time together doing physical things. I think he’s really liking the game Monopoly because he beats me every time. Trust me, I’m not letting him. He knows the rules better than I do because he used to play it with his baby sitter a lot a few years ago.

If you know any other fun things we can do that don’t involve a monitor and television than please email them to me. We won’t run out of ideas any time soon but new ideas we might never have thought of would be well accepted. We’d also like to hear what other single parents are doing with their kids during isolation. Hopefully this post can give other parents motivation and inspiration.

We’ll make it through this, and see you all happily on the other side!

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How NOT to Deal with Injuries Playing Football

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Now before you think this is some academic article on football science, you should visit our full blog and realize I’m only talking about backyard football. Joseph, my son, is the inspiration of this blog and we love sharing our stories together by the computer. He has a lot of input into what I say here.

Now just yesterday while I was throwing the good old football to Joseph he tried to jump and catch it up and fell and got a scrape on his hand. Now this is when you’ll start to realize why this a post about how NOT to deal with football injuries because my son Joseph had no idea what to do and started crying. Of course, I reacted and handled the situation, getting Joseph a bandage and some ice and a good dinner, but the whole point of this really is that this was the first time there had been an injury where Joseph was really scared. Together we both agree now that we should play more safely from now on and I think this was a powerful experience for us, and especially Joseph.

Injuries on the field can be scary and you must know how to respond in the most efficient way in order to prepare for the more serious kinds of injuries. That is why paramedics stand by at official football games. Our civilization is smart enough to know that these sports are dangerous and I’m so grateful for the education we have.

Joseph and I today spend a good while searching around on the internet for different university football teams and the kind of importance they put into safety regulations. Joseph and I think benefited greatly from today despite his injury and this reminds me of a passage in the Bible.

A good old football injury can be a very beautiful thing between and father and a son.

Thank you for coming back to visit. We really enjoy being able to share our story with you. We hope you come back soon!

“bye by jsoeph”

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