Time to yourself is limited with kids and a job as it is, but throw a pandemic on top of that, and you probably can’t remember the last time you had a break.
Remember alone time? If you’re a parent and working full time (or full-time parenting), this pandemic has robbed us of “me time” — which was pretty sparse to begin with.
When I look back at how much my life has changed in the last 8 months, I realize that those mindless tasks that were once just a part of the daily routine were actually nice little luxuries.
My “me time” consisted of morning walks to the subway where I could listen to music or a podcast, stop for a latte at my favorite coffee shop, and have a bit of a break between being a mom and entering an office building to begin work for the day.
It was 45 minutes of commuting when I found time to meditate or just let go for a minute, and most importantly, get my Amazon orders processed, text my girlfriends to make our monthly dinner plans, and google parenting tips on the issue of the day.
Nowadays, there is no such thing as alone time. OK, I guess you could say I’m alone right now as I work on this letter, but my commute today consisted of walking up a flight of stairs to sit at a small folding table while trying to concentrate on work as I hear my son constantly asking the nanny, “Where mommy go?”
There are no breaks in this parenting pandemic life we’re all living. Even though your situation is different than mine and the person who lives next to you, there is one thing we all can agree on: This is hard.
I think it’s especially hard for parents who are trying to work while their kids are in school.
Whether your children are at home trying to learn remotely, or you made the decision to send them for live classes, these are tough decisions and ones we constantly second-guess: If my kids stay home will they be ruined socially? If I send my kids to school are they going to get COVID-19 and then bring it home to our family?
There are no wrong decisions. And you should be able to make your decisions without other parents placing any judgement. That’s what Healthline Parenthood is here for — to give you support, guidance, and advice in a judgement-free zone to help you during this difficult time.
We’ve put together a series of articles — “Working and Parenting: Support for the Struggle Right Now” — that can help you tackle the struggle of working from home while being a full-time parent. (And we’re talking to you, too, stay-at-home parents, because that’s a full-time job.) Life is a lot right now, and we need help now more than ever.
In this content series, some articles you can look forward to reading include:
- 13 Tips to Help Working Parents Actually Get Things Done
- A Parents’ Guide to Managing Pandemic Uncertainty
- Powering Through Isn’t Always the Answer: Parenting Has Limits, Too
- How to Ask for Flexibility at Work, Because We All Need It Right Now
- Even in This Moment, We Can Raise Our Kids to Find the Good
We’re here to support you and make sure you don’t feel alone in this wild ride, because we promise you’re not!
To further remind you of that, I reached out to a handful of parents who have the same thing in common. It helps to hear how others are experience this difficult time, and more importantly, how they’re coping:
Use our content package, “Working and Parenting: Support for the Struggle Right Now,” to help you cope when you’re having a rough go. Remember, we really are all in this together. And there’s no denying that you are being the best parents you can be, and your kids are lucky to have you.
Editorial Director, Healthline Parenthood