Dear Quarantined Parent,
How are you doing being quarantined? How are the kids doing? Do you have any hair left? I wanted to check in on you because I know I am struggling too! The kids think they are on a really long break from school and just haven’t figured out why I keep making them do learning activities. I can’t go anywhere that I would really like to, you know like Hobby Lobby, TJ Max. Life within these four walls has been very entertaining, and overwhelming!
I am not sure about you, but I have the opportunity to still work from home, which I am very grateful for. My husband however still has to go to work as his project has been deemed “essential”. This means that it is me versus two kids 14 hours out of the day! My home office has become an education center and now looks more like a preschool classroom than the sophisticated “Mom Boss” office that I dreamed of. My house that I thought I would be able to keep cleaner since I am home looks like a tornado passed through, multiple times! I have burnt dinner more in the last week than I have in years!
While I feel like I am failing at so many things right now as I adjust to a new (hopefully temporary) normal, I am giving myself grace. I wanted to help you find some grace in this all as well. I want you to know that you are not alone in this and offer some suggestions to help you keep your peace of mind through it all!
When I say read, I do not mean just pick up any book laying around or some romance novel. I mean, read something that is going to be beneficial to you. Something that will build you up, enlighten you, teach you. For me, I am reading my Bible and a book on Essential Oils. I am finding peace in learning about God’s grace and faithfulness during these times while also learning new ways to care for my family with Essential Oils. Reading things that actively engage your mind will help keep you focused and sharp. This could be the perfect opportunity to learn something that you have been putting off. Invest at least 30 minutes in yourself and read every day! You are entitled to that time to yourself, I promise those dishes will still be there!
Stay active. While we think that this time would be nice to relax and finally get that break that we have been wanting, remember this is not a vacation… not one we have been dreaming about anyway! Moving helps keep blood flowing and helps support a healthy respiratory and immune system, which is important right now. Find an easy at-home workout video on YouTube, join Beach Body, or just walk around your house, go to the park. Anything that you can do to keep your body moving will benefit you and your family. I always say, if I am not healthy, neither is my family.
Remember that you are now responsible for your kid’s physical education as well, so get your kids involved. Kids actually really enjoy being active and feeling healthy too! My kids love working out with me, even if they don’t do it all. Encourage them to do their best and tell them they are doing great! Even if you have a dance party, which is my personal favorite, just MOVE! You will thank yourself later! Bonus, keeping your kids active will help them stay healthy and sleep better!
I will be the first to admit that the first few days I was so excited that I could stay in my PJ’s for a while or wear my yoga pants. I was so comfy! Then I just felt like I was not myself. So, I got dressed for work. I did my hair and makeup, just like I was going into the office. I was so productive and felt better about myself. Take the time and take care of yourself. Keep some sort of routine for yourself and some self-dignity! Saturday can be your family PJ day, but don’t make it a daily habit. Not only is this not good for your mental state of feeling productive, but it will also be a hard habit to break when life returns to normal.
These are 3 little things that can make a big difference in how this quarantined time at home goes. It will get better eventually but, in the meantime, take care of yourself, check in on your friends and family, and remember that you are not alone in this! Leave a comment and tell me how you are surviving this time and what tips you have for other parents! I would love to hear from you!