I was raised by strict parents who didn’t put up with any nonsense and I learned resilience by being in that atmosphere. At least that’s how I see it now that I’m older and we’ve been in this ongoing quarantine situation. Well, maybe my whole life has been set up so that I’ve learned the skill of resilience and not to expect that: what I want, when I want it, I’m owed it because I exist. That was never part of my life.
Did that come out harshly? I hope not, but I’m finding that there are some people who lack resilience and I think this quarantine situation is a great way to learn the much needed skill. In general, my kids are good, but sometimes I have this urge to tell them to ‘man up’ and get over their whining about the situation that we’re in. Because nobody wants to be home 24/7, nor do we want to have to figure out how to get food, groceries and toilet paper while not catching the virus while we’re at the essential grocery store. Not to mention, the added financial stress that we’re under and the worries that we don’t share with the kids because we’re the parents.
Have you ever seen that Snickers commercial? The one where the person turns into a monster because they haven’t eaten and the other person gives them a Snickers bar and they become nice again? That’s how it is here with one of my kids right now. And if he would eat chocolate or nuts, I’d gladly buy bags of Snickers for him if it were that easy! Here’s a giggle for you in case you don’t remember!
Are you having some challenges with your college students being at home too? Please don’t let me think I’m all alone in this!