A BLOG FOR PARENTS WHO WANT TO LEARN HOW TO NAVIGATE THE TEEN YEARS AND NOT JUST SURVIVE BUT THRIVE!
I don’t know about you, but am I the only one officially exhausted and drained by all the media coverage about the Coronavirus and struggling to find a new “normal” these days?
Chances are if you are reading this you’re trying to adjust to kids being out of school, working from home, trying to get all the usual chores and errands done with the some new obstacles and restrictions thrown in. Sleep schedules, work schedules, and routines you had grown to rely on since at least the fall of 2019 are no longer viable.
You got restless kids, blurred lines between work and home life, and what feels like limited social support. How are we supposed to function like this? Quick let’s take a look at the parent handbook! Oh wait where is it? Ah right…we didn’t get one!
I’m here to tell you that it’s OK to not know exactly how to handle all of this.
It’s OK to “wing it” and figure it out as you go. It is perfectly OK to take it ONE DAY AT A TIME. Every day is going to look different because the circumstances are constantly changing as we learn more and adjust to our “new normal.”
Think about your priorities and those of the family. For some families a well defined structure and routine is key, for others it might be a little more flexible with a general “this needs to get done but in no particular order,” kind of feel, and yet for others the idea of structure only means more stress in an already stressful situation. Each person and family is unique.
Have a conversation with your partner and your family. Try out a family meeting where you check in with everyone on how they are handling things, ask if they have any questions or concerns, and if there is anything they need. A family meeting might help everyone feel heard, understood, and taken seriously when it comes to deciding the family’s new “normal.” This provides everyone with a little sense of control in a situation that can feel out of control.
Hope this post brings you some peace and ideas for finding your new “normal.”
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