Diary of a Quarantined Mom: Natasha D'Anna
This Staten Island mom of three (and creator of Twindollicious) is home with her COVID-19-infected husband. Here is a day in her life.
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My kind-hearted twin daughters and their little brother send hearts through the door to their Daddy. The kids stay in their bedrooms most of the day, and I basically live in the kitchen between cooking and catering Kenny back to good health. The kids are pretty understanding of the virus. We explained that his case is like a really bad flu, so we need to be secure by using masks, washing hands, and reducing germs.
The playroom is the kiddos sanctuary and I have to enter at my own risk, but I’m usually glad I did. It might be a mess, but it’s a place where the kids can be themselves—even the little guy. The kids are painting a lot when they are not doing schoolwork. They are also playing lots of games like Twister and Hide & Seek.
We all need to move our bodies, so the twins’ 25-minute P.E class is my favorite homeschool highlight these days. We put on some good dance music and work it out. It keeps everyone’s spirits high. And it’s a subject I don’t mind helping the kids with. The girls even like to teach me their TikTok dances.
On Thursday and Friday nights, the twins go on Instagram Live and read a bedtime story to younger followers—books like Goodnight Moon, for example. It’s such a blessing for them to have each other. They get along so well. But bedtimes are always hard. No one ever wants to go to bed. And as a temporarily single parent, it’s up to me to make sure they get a good night’s sleep.