As of yesterday, our governor has lifted our stay-at-home order. Some may be rejoicing and some may be saying it is too soon. Whichever side of the fence you are on, without a doubt, the last 8 weeks has been met with all kinds of challenges for everyone.
I had to make the switch to a full-time work-from-home, single mom to 3, crisis teaching parent all within 24 hours. The first few weeks were TOUGH to say the least. My kids were sad and missing their friends and initially all they wanted to do was watch TV and play video games all day. I too was sad and a little stir crazy. After a couple of weeks, we slowly started to find “our new normal.” Day by day, we would find ways to enjoy our time with multiple walks, bike rides and baking becoming the normal. I’ve never been a “playing mom” but more of the kind of mom who always wanted to go explore parks, museums and do activities outside of our home. However, we built forts, rearranged furniture and binged watched shows in between school and work time.
Things I have loved: more time with my kids (especially since in 3 years I will have one child in college-which also makes me sound really old), feeling more productive at work, more at home meals, less driving and running around and I have loved keeping my journal for my kids to read when they are older. My kids have figured out how to problem solve even better and overall have gotten along better!
I’ve figured out I don’t need 5 random trips to Target in a weekend, making food at home is way more fun now that I have time to look at Pinterest and my couch dates with my boyfriend are way less rushed. I sleep better (plus I don’t have to wake up at 3:30am to get ready for work) and overall my work-life balance has been so much better, even with all the emotional, mental and financial stress of the last 8 weeks that will not be resolved anytime soon.
Things I haven’t loved: online school, arguing with my 10-year old as to why he has to do school work and reading about people fighting over every possible aspect of this pandemic online.
My daily walks would usually lead to a lot of thinking…how did I see things going “post-pandemic.” What kind of things could I truly eliminate from my days and what kinds of things could I now welcome.
I checked in with my mama friends at East Valley Moms Blog to see how they were viewing post-pandemic life and here are some things they want to implement: