July 30, 2020
We recently had a virtual meeting with 5 everyday moms in different parts of the United States to talk about what it’s like to raise children during a pandemic. It was surprising how similar our situations and experiences were in the beginning, and how we were able to find ways to adjust and feel comfortable in this “new normal”. Here are the top tips and takeaways from our conversation, we hope they are helpful!
Create a schedule
This was the biggest thing we all had to figure out and once we did, it was a game changer! It’s hard to navigate working and taking care of a little one, especially when you are used to them being at daycare or in school. Figuring out how to split the day and take turns so you both can work and also be attentive to your child’s needs, makes all of your lives a lot more pleasant.
Kids also crave a sense of order (even though they don’t always act like it). It’s more important now than ever to maintain bedtime and other daily routines. It gives kids a sense of reassurance during such an uncertain time. Even if you have to alter the routine a little due to virtual schooling and working from home, try to follow a general order so they know what to expect each day and you can avoid (most) breakdowns.
Get out of the house
We aren’t used to being cooped up in the house all day and this change can really start to wear on you. Fresh air and vitamin D are important and shouldn’t be avoided. Take some time each day to get outside, even if it’s just a long drive in the car with your little one, just crack the windows and let the air in! If your kids are like mine, naps in the car seem to last longer than most and will give you some time to clear your mind and listen to some music or your favorite podcast.
Keep your little one cozy on your car ride with the super soft Bazzle Baby GoBlanket ! This blanket features integrated clips so you will never have to worry about it becoming lost or dirty due to drops.
Take care of yourself
You have your hands full and you feel like you need to do everything, but that can become overwhelming and harmful on your mental health. Everyone (yourself included!) needs alone time every day. Take a walk, bath, or meditate with some calming music. Work with your partner or family members to take turns having alone time while the other watches the kids. We ALL need a break sometimes.
It’s ok to have a few vices
You aren’t perfect, none of us are. Don’t feel guilty about having that second (or third) glass of wine or binging on your favorite shows and snack foods when you feel the need. It’s also ok to give in to allowing your little ones to watch movies or play video games more than usual. Just don’t forego the rules entirely and everyone will be just fine!
Finally, remember to take a breath and know that you are not alone. We got this!
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