Being a mom is already hard. Now, you are quarantined. Things are hard on a normal week. Moms are expected to do it all. (no offense to Dads 🙂 ) We grocery shop, take care of kids, run the household and often work a job or business. In a short time our world has been up ended. Our routines and schedules are no more.
Mama, there’s a lot on you. You have to keep every one sane, fed, schooled and healthy. The world is crazy right now. People are fighting over toilet paper. Curfews are being set. All things you never thought you would be experiencing outside of your own children.
This quaratine is requiring things that are out of the norm. Thrown into homeschooling without notice. Foraging the stores for normal groceries like it’s Supermarket Sweeps. The world is a different place than it was 3 weeks ago.
Making the most of quarantine
Mama, I know homeschooling was never on your list of things you wanted to do. I get that. You CAN do it. It’s an opportunity. Learn about who your child is as a student. Find out how they learn, what they know and how you can help them. Don’t say you can’t homeschool. Take it one day at a time. Mix things up. Help your child the way THEY learn. ASK FOR HELP. Walk away when you need to. Take fun breaks after working hard.
Turn off the news, close FaceBook. Step away from the pandemic news. It will all be there later. It’s important for your own sanity to just step away from the overwhelm of COVID-19 news. Put your focus on something that will last longer than this virus. Make moments with you children. They will remember those and not the pandemic.
Schedule time for yourself. Take a break from the responsibilities.
Mama, your mental health is important. Your shoulders are heavy with worry for your family, your children. It’s hard to explain such uncertainty to children. You are tired from being strong. If you do not take care of your mental health, you will come apart at the end of all this. Taking care of you does not take away from everyone else. In fact, it make you a better you.
Schedule an hour a day for everyone to take a break from each other. This is self-care. It is important for everyone. You don’t want to survive the pandemic and succumb to cabin fever!
Mama, don’t forget to socialize. You need to reach out to your other mama friends, your co-workers, your online community. While you might not be face to face, there are plenty of ways to still reach out. Send a quick text to check on a friend. Facetime and check in. Create a Zoom call and have coffee (or tea) with a group of friends!
Have your family make cards or write letters and mail them to friends and family. Find fun ways to communicate with your neighbors.
Benefits of quarantine
For some mamas, quarantine is the hardest thing in the world. Being stuck in one place, with one group of people ( no matter how much you love them) with only the food and supplies you have. For others, it’s a dream. All the time in the world to get things done, spend quality time with family and even taking a break from the fast paced world we live in. Being quarantined doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Mama, make the most of this time. your littles are only little for so long. Right now, you are getting extra time. Time many of us with grown children would kill for. Read that extra story, watch that movie, play the game. In a few weeks (hopefully) our busy lives will return. Our responsibilities will return to normal.
Mama, I see you trying to make things easier on everyone. Posting funny memes, sharing ideas for kids and exchanging recipes. I see you keeping things positive and normal. But don’t forget about you. Don’t get lost in the worry and stress. Do your best, like you always do.