The Roller Coaster of Isolation Parenting
I don’t know about many of you, but there’s so much anxiousness and stress involved during this COVID-19 situation. Not just as individual, but as a parent.
Trust me, I’m a mom of 4 boys (22, 19, 12, and 8yrs old).
Yes, you’ve got it right all BOYS!
If you have been to the office, I’m sure you’ve heard me talk about them. You might have even have met them. They’re all good boys.
I love my family. I really do. If I keep telling myself this, I think I can consider it a positive affirmation…
Well, I’ve gotta tell you, I feel like my life has taken one stressful roller coaster ride.
I am lucky enough to be able to work at home remotely for the Center.
But, I’m also homeschooling 2 of them from different schools. Two different processes. Two different expectations.
Sometimes, I just want to scream as I’m overburdened with stress of making sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing. That means: making sure they are not chatting with friends, bickering with each other, getting lost in the internet, or asking what feels like constant questions (which makes me wonder if they really have questions or if they are procrastinating their schoolwork).
Yet, I still need to be able to do my work, whether it’s to participate in a staff meeting or just make phone calls for appointments with advocates.
Unfortunately, we do not know when this ends or when things will go back to normal. And we do not know how our futures will be affected by all of us. But I do know we will get through it. Even though I am riding this roller coast every day, I make sure I am strapped in tight and then check on my boys so when the ride finally stops, we can get off safely. And I will continue to do this because I know we will get through it.
So take it from me, my friends: we’re all in this together.
By Mary Miller, CDCI’s Office Manager