Life as we know it has come to a halt. We’re sticking close to home. Social distancing is our new normal, and we are more deeply appreciative of our children’s teachers.
This experience has forced me to confront some less-than-attractive truths about myself. I am not a math person. I don’t enjoy Algebra and I would rather stab my eyes with a pencil than solve a math problem with more than one operation. Pray for me!
Here’s another truth bomb: I don’t always give my kids my full attention. I’ve never been great about getting down on the floor to play with trains or build LEGOS. I’m more of an “engage, then walk away” type of mom. I usually keep my phone within arm’s reach. And you can bet your last roll of toilet paper that if I’m not working, then I’m “nose deep” in a good book.
This month has been a personal wake up call. The outbreak of COVID-19 has created a lot of anxiety and uncertainty, especially for my boys. Now, more than ever, I need to step away from my computer, put down my devices and pay attention to my kids. While I may feel helpless at times, I was recently reminded that this is what being a parent is all about — being there for your kids, being in the moment, and spending time together as a family.
Remember that we’re all in this together, and we’ll make it to the other side. We’ve got this, parents! Now let’s flatten this curve.