Parents and Guardians,
In a million years, we could never have dreamt up this current situation. No matter how we look at it, the bottom line is, it's just hard. You were asked to take on a whole other career in an extrememly short amount of time, all while maintaining your current responsibilities. There WILL be days that are harder than others. There WILL be days when you break down. There WILL be days when you feel like you are failing. But....there WILL aslo be days when you laugh MORE than you cry. There WILL be days when you feel like you have done a GREAT job. There will be days when you feel like you have EVERYTHING under control. Relish THOSE days! Sometimes we need to let go a little in order to regain some sense of normalcy and our own sanity. Take pride in any accomplishment, big or small. Keep everything in perspective. Stepping back from concentrating on small issues to focus on the larger issue at hand, will give you clarity. Remember that we are all in this together. Everyone has their own way of dealing right now. Your neighbor may have a system that works for her but in your house, it could cause chaos. That's ok. We are all different. That is what makes the world go round. Do what works for you. There are no right or wrong ways here, and there is certainly no need for competition.
I feel like one of the most important things we need to do as parents is to remember to give ourselves self care. Self care is anything that brings a little peace to your soul. Personally, I really enjoy a huge cup of coffee with lots of caramel creamer in the morning before I start my day. I also have never loved my long nightly walks around the neighborhood lake, as much as I do now. Do ALL the things the you need to and can do for yourself! Your sanity is SOOO important at this moment since you have been tasked with dealing with a whole new world.
Below are different resources for you to access. Remember, self care is not that complicated. Be kind to yourself. Let go of high expectations and live in the moment. Please feel free to reach out if you need to. There is NEVER any judgement. We have all been through the gamut of emotions. We are all here to support each other.