This Kentucky Dad Is Dressing up to Take His Daughters on Daily At-Home Field Trips
Every day is a new adventure for Matt Nestheide and his three daughters. During the coronavirus pandemic, the contract analyst from Fort Thomas, Kentucky, is taking homeschooling to a new level, dressing up to treat the girls to unique, educational experiences while they’re stuck in the house.
So far, Nestheide has dressed up as a mad scientist, a fitness instructor, Bob Ross, and even Guy Fieri to teach his daughters—Cole, 8, Sydney, 6, and Mila, 3—a different lesson each day while their schools are closed. Today, he was Harry Potter.
“[Their] routines have obviously gotten thrown out the window, so we wanted to just have a little bit of fun and a little bit of lightheartedness as we started our days,” Nestheide told ABC News. “I told my wife on Sunday night, ‘I think I’m just going to throw on a suit on Monday morning and just walk upstairs and act like a principal or a teacher.’ I did it and the girls were cracking up and laughing. They really enjoyed it. So, I thought, ‘Alright, maybe I should think about doing something different tomorrow.' It just kind of snowballed from there.”
Fortunately for the rest of us, his wife Traci has been sharing photos of his unconventional lessons on Facebook.
In addition to delighting their friends on social media, Nestheide’s costume exploits have been a source of joy for the family. They’ve been self-isolating for about two weeks because little Mila is immunocompromised.
“We’re cautious. Our youngest, Mila, has a congenital heart defect, so [she’s in] the at-risk immunocompromised population,” he explained to ABC News. “Obviously we’re doing everything that we can to keep her healthy and keep all the kids healthy. We’re trying to be appropriately cautious, yet optimistic.”
Nestheide, who is working from home, said he wants other overwhelmed parents to know that patience and being a “goofball” can go a long way.
“Traci and I, we’re juggling a lot as parents right now. So, first, we have to be patient with each other and to show each other grace. We can’t control what’s going on out there, but we can control our attitude,” said Nestheide. “[Second], don’t be afraid to look like a goofball! I can see [my kids’] faces literally light up. They laugh and they start imagining things and pretending.”