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Scrum for Kiddos #1 – Intro

With the upheaval of everyone’s lives worldwide in a few short weeks – its overwhelming to many. I want to share with everyone one way to bring a little bit of structure to the chaos over a few posts.

Structure creates a calming environment. Everyone knows what is expected of them. It keeps your mind off what’s going on outside. You exercise your mind and grow – with the hope that we all come out of this a little stronger and a little smarter.

I will be explaining how to use scrum to manage your kids homeschooling …

As a father, I am now required to be more active in my children’s education. Parents tend to take school for granted and when the kids are thrust into this situation the parents need to setup and do more. Regardless of what you were doing previously – the level of involvement will increase dramatically.

REACTION OF MY OLDEST DAUGHTER WHEN I EXPLAINED WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO.

I was mildly involved with the children’s education before – encouraged them to try different things – purchased educational and creative games – signed them up for some coding classes. I relied heavily on their schoolteachers for their education.

While we are very lucky – the girls’ school has gone online, and they have video calls with their teachers nearly ever day and a fair amount of homework – some of the parents out there are not as lucky and how have to spend time and energy keeping their kids educated and entertained as well as trying to navigate work from home or possibly even job loss.

It can be overwhelming …

If you put it into perspective – the “before corona” weekday activities looked like:

  • Wake up and get ready for school
  • Transit to the school
  • School for 6 hours
  • After school activities (organized or not)
  • Transit home
  • Eat
  • Homework
  • Bath
  • Sleep
  • Rinse & Repeat

Their day was full. I only had to talk to my kids for 5 minutes a day.

Now the “after corona” weekday activities look like:

  • Go to my kids bedroom around 11 a.m. and yell at them for 30 minutes to wake up
  • Kids roll around on the floor for 6 hours out of boredom
  • Bathe every 3 days
  • Eat if I don’t forget to feed them
  • Sleep around 2 a.m. after watching 4 hours of kid inappropriate content on YouTube

You finally realize your kids teachers should be paid a billion dollars a year to manage your offspring.

In the next post we will discuss some of the tools you can use to manage your “project”.