Parents to COVID-19: We’re taking back our weekends.

Shutdowns are making Saturdays and Sundays feel like the rest of the week. Here’s how to change that.

Weekends used to have a rhythm that worked for Ezina LeBlanc, filled with adventures for her 19-month-old twins in Calabasas, California. “Every Saturday, we’d be off to the beach, hiking, a picnic, a museum, a theme park, or even up to Mammoth Lakes to ski,” she recalls.

Shermikia Lemon had a similar routine. The Greensboro, North Carolina, mom shut down her computer on Fridays and dedicated weekends to shopping, seeing movies, and picnicking with her husband and two daughters.

Then, the pandemic hit.