Parenting Through The Pandemic

Well, here we are with school-aged kids home.  None of us were expecting this, were we?  My college-aged kids are home for now although I’m not sure when or if they’ll return to university.  So far, one is on spring break and the other is supposed to be having his courses taught online, but I’m sure the professors are scrambling.  I can’t even imagine how to learn all the technology in an instant and then to have to change your teaching to match the new normal that we are experiencing.  Even though it doesn’t feel normal to any of us, does it?

In all my years and probably yours by the way, we’ve never experienced anything like this in our lifetimes.  It’s eery at times to witness what’s happening and to see how the world in a short period of time has changed so dramatically in such personal ways.

It’s a transition of sorts and I feel like it’s a reset on many levels.  Some people are in full fear panic whereas others are in full denial.  I feel like there’s a place in the middle – be wary but follow the rules, that needs to gain control here.  But I’m not certain it will happen for everyone to choose to do that for the greater good.

Kids these days don’t know what to do with so much downtime and are constantly trying to connect with friends via technology which is good.  But college kids are used to being on their own schedules and seeing their friends in groups so it is hard for them to be suddenly sent home.  Well, that and the fear that they’re now hearing how it’s not just the older generations who are getting Covid-19, but also kids now and some aren’t doing well with it.

Lucky for me, it’s brought us together even though we were already pretty solid as a little family of three due to the divorce.  We’ve had some interesting talks lately about adulthood and transitioning from childhood.  I guess I will post that another day, but listening to your kids and talking with them is a really good way to learn what they’re thinking.  And now’s the time.  We’re all home together.  Make it count.

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19 Responses to Parenting Through The Pandemic

  1. LA says:

    So far…we’re calm….but every day is a new adventure

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  2. Dwight Hyde says:

    Hey Janie – my daughter and I have been meeting up for walks on my lunch break and venting. It’s nice seeing her everyday and it’s helped. A couple of days ago we were all cranked up but now we’re calming down some. Sending love to you and your family❤️

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    • janieleeds says:

      Thank you Dwight! Sending love to you and your family too. I love walks and getting out in nature because it’s clean air and refreshing. Stay healthy and enjoy the bonding time with your daughter! ♥

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  3. petespringerauthor says:

    I think part of the challenge for young people is they may be under the illusion that they are invincible. The message we are getting the most is that the virus does the most damage to older folks. I know that social distancing is hard for me, and many young people may struggle with this concept too.

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    • janieleeds says:

      I think all are struggling with the pandemic, but thank goodness for social media where the younger ones can stay in touch even if not in physicality. Thanks for stopping by Pete. 🙂

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  4. Ainsobriety says:

    We experience a bit of the during our wildfire evacuation.
    As a result this is all triggering and stressful.

    That said, I have been preparing for this for weeks. My kids no longer think I’m crazy or paranoid. And they the good kids.

    Being home indefinitely is going to be weird. I’m easing into it slowly.

    Take care. Stay home!

    Anne

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    • janieleeds says:

      Anne, good luck with the transition! I have good kids too. Isn’t that a wonderful feeling to be able to say that? Gratitude for who they are and have become. Yay you! Yay them! I think it’s weird to be home with not a lot going on for sure, but as long as we’re all healthy, then we can deal with it.
      Stay healthy and happy! I’m thinking of you!

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  5. Create Space says:

    A strange time Janie, like writing a whole new book, all unknown. Maybe we’ll all discover new strengths and talents as a result! Stay safe. X

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  6. Thanks for sharing your parenting experience during these challenging days.

    My Son is home on break and will transition into online classes next week. Not sure how that will go. This week it’s more like summer vacation with him gaming all day long and up with friends talking online half the night.

    I feel like he truly doesn’t comprehend the severity of what’s going on. He thinks I’m nuts when I come home from the grocery store or work and wipe everything down. He knows this is serious, but doesn’t seem to get that I’m trying to protect both of us.

    These are definitely strange and uncertain times. A complete reset of our daily lives, and changing every day. I only hope that this does help strengthen all family bonds and make us all more considerate of our fellow man.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Mariann, I hope that it does as well – strengthen our family bonds and increase kindness towards all humans. I had a similar transition with mine and gaming. Keep cleaning and doing what you have to do and remind them to wash as well. It’s all such a new experience for us all. Perhaps share with your son what you’re hearing on the news and talk about it. Just an idea. You might be surprised at what he tells you he’s thinking. 🙂 Let me know!

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      • We actually did speak today. Just sort of happened and he noted that a lot of his generation deals with these things through humor, which is where so many of the memes come from. He noted that in his 20 years there have certainly been a lot of major things happening, so it’s kind of their norm. Not that that’s good, but they seem to be more accepting of having to adapt to sudden and scary things happening.

        It’s really sad when you think about it.

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  7. Kids are sponges, which is great and also frightening, right? Thanks for sharing this great information. Keep it up! Continue posting such amazing things.

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  8. Barry Whelan says:

    Really lovely post. You seem to know what the important things are. I don’t know if this is your thing but I think introducing your kids to journaling could be a great life skill to teach them during these tough times. I’ll attach the article I wrote and have a look if it’s of interest to you 😊

    https://behaviour101.com/2020/03/23/tackle-childrens-anxiety-with-journaling/

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    • janieleeds says:

      Barry thank you for sharing your post! You have some amazing ideas and I love it! When the kids were little, we always did a ‘tell 3 things about your day’ at dinnertime. While I journal myself, but not daily, I will share this with my kids because I believe in writing as a mode of healing! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words! So nice to meet you!

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  9. I watch my colleagues working at the frontlines everyday, and they still work with no complaints despite exhaustion… Proud of our Malaysian healthcare workers!
    http://rachelstruth.home.blog/2020/03/28/working-at-the-covid-19-frontlines-a-malaysian-teens-first-hand-experience/
    Please share to spread awareness on what’s really happening behind the scenes of a hospital, and a reminder of how healthcare personnel are human, too.

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