Do you ever just get so into a song you can’t stop jamming out? That’s me right now as I type this blog. Listening to some In This Moment and head banging. Living the life right? Nope just taking a work break from this insane mess we are in. Covid-19 has shut down towns, states, countries. It’s pure craziness. We will get through this and we will survive. Whatever it is you are going through, we are in this together.
I knew the school shut down would happen because let’s be honest schools are huge petri-dishes for any and all germs. As a parent that volunteered a couple times a week for the last few years, I’ve seen some things. Don’t get me wrong the schools are amazing at cleaning and doing all they can to prevent illnesses from spreading, but kids are nasty. Now us parents are thrown into “crisis schooling” our children. It’s new and we have no idea what we are doing. It’s stressful, hard, and we hate it because let’s be honest if we wanted to homeschool we would, but we didn’t sign up for this. Guess what? Not only are we all in this together, so are teachers everywhere. They’re stressed out, trying to figure it out, and not sure what to do either. EVERYONE is trying to figure it out. Have some forgiveness on yourself and the teachers. You are an amazing parent and doing the best you can, so are the teachers. How you handle learning how to crisis school your kids is going to speak volumes to them. If they get frustrated, sit them down and figure it out with them. This is new to everyone and we are all learning together.
So now that Covid-19 has taken everything from us and we’re all grounded to our houses, you’re quarantined with your family or maybe even by yourself. Many of us are in the same boat and we’re all in this together. We are all going crazy being cooped up. My family has never annoyed me more than they are right now. I love my kids and my husband, but y’all I have never wanted to run away more than I do right now. This is just crazy. It’s extremely important that you take care of yourself and put yourself first. Believe me your mental health will pay if you don’t. Make time for self care, chat with a friend, hell join tik tok (I did HA!), whatever helps you stay happy and healthy. You can’t be your best or do your best if you aren’t taking care of you. You need you and your family needs you. Even if you’re quarantined alone, make yourself a damn priority. Come out of this quarantine like the boss b**ch you are.
So you’re not working or maybe you’re an essential employee working harder than you ever have before. If you’re working, kudos to you and thank you for all you do. We appreciate you and all you’re doing. You are the glue that’s holding everything together and making trips to the store possible or grocery delivery possible or delivering truckloads of products to be re-stocked on shelves. You guys are all rockstars. If you’re not working, we appreciate you. You may not have been deemed “essential,” but it doesn’t mean you don’t matter. You are able to be home with your family to stay safe and healthy. Enjoy your time at home. Enjoy your time with your family. Teach your kids things they wouldn’t learn at school. Teach them games you used to play. Start a new hobby, do some crafts, binge watch TV or Netflix, who cares.
The point is, we are all in this together. Everyone is learning how crisis schooling works – parents, teachers, kids. Everyone is losing their jobs for the time being or working their butts off just praying for a day off. Everyone is quarantined and losing their minds. Remember kids are sponges and they’re watching you. If you are panicking and terrified, they will be panicking and terrified. Handle this situation the best you can because little eyes are watching, little ears are listening, and little hearts are reacting. We are in this together and together we’ve got this.