Parents, I know it’s hard. Whether they’re 5 or 18, it’s difficult trying to get kids up and ready for school, making sure they have all their work from the night before, making sure they have their lunch or money for lunch, and don’t forget to brush teeth and eat a little something for breakfast (usually on the go). You worry if they’ll be safe driving off to school by themselves, and you pray they’re nice to other people while at the same time praying others are nice to them.
But today looks different for most. With the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools are closed, kids are home, and you the parent may even be working from home. However it looks for you today, I am certain it looks and feels different than it did a month ago.
So what do you do?
You don’t want your child to fall behind, so you have a beautifully scheduled alternative school day placed somewhere in a makeshift classroom to ensure they keep up with what they’ve been learning at school.
The thing is, kids today have so much pressure in their every day lives. I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen in my own family that there is very little time for play or even time to just be. From longer school days, to more pressures from testing, a lot of scary situations we never were faced with at school, mean kids on social media, activities on top of activities, games, homework and preparation to do it all again the next day, there really isn’t much time to be a kid.
So to that I say, let them sleep in.
Mom and dad, these kids are tired. I don’t mean they are tired because they’re bored. I mean, they are tired. Their lives are exhausting, and if you’re like many families, you may have had a very full spring break last week to get in every fun thing you could as a family. They now need a break from that.
Let them sleep in.
It’s okay not to make their days look exactly like school. If you want to keep a schedule for them, maybe consider a later start time, or let them sleep until their bodies wake them up, and start then. We’re in an isolation time right now, so they have all day.
And mom and dad. . . You are a great parent.
You have been doing all these things to keep the ball rolling and ensuring everything happens as it should every day for these kids.
You are exhausted.
You need a break.
It’s okay for you to sleep in.
Spend quality time with the kids even if they’re in the middle of their teen angst days that it’s just too repulsive to ask them to spend time with their parents. Make memories together.
Unplug. Get your face and theirs off of the phones. Your brain doesn’t need to hear anymore about the virus outbreak. Just stay home, enjoy your family time, and put that information to the side for now. It’ll still be there tomorrow.
Most of all, remember you’ve got this. Look at this time as a gift. It’s a time to break away from the busyness of every day for you and your kids. Just be a family and enjoy one another’s presence. Who knows when you’ll be able to do this again?
Drop some comments of things you’ve done with your family that probably wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for this social distancing time?