Yes, you! I’m proud of you! Being proud of someone is the same as a trillion “likes” on social media. That’s how proud I am of you. More importantly, I hope you’re proud of yourself. I have yet to find a YouTube video for parents on how to juggle work, entertain and homeschool kids, manage extended family needs, and figure out how to stay afloat financially while maintaining sanity during a pandemic. Don’t worry, you’ve got this. You’re doing a great job, your children are in tender and loving hands.
There is no hierarchy based on who has it worse. Parenting is a level playing field and parents; you get to wear a badge of pride, not only during a pandemic but every day. Parenting is heart work and hard work. While we are in a time that requires “social distancing” it does not mandate isolation. For far too long parents have felt invisible, not seen and not understood. Parenting during “normal” times is a lonely endeavor. Now more than ever, parents would benefit from others support as well as the support of each other.
Do you realize that the world is looking at you through fresh eyes and wondering how many more hats you can possibly wear? They are becoming more curious about you and your life. Whenever I get more curious than afraid, I find myself in awe and amazement at how well and creatively you forge through. Seize this moment! Open your heart and be vulnerable. Share your story of family life not only in the times of this pandemic but your everyday life pre-coronavirus. In normal times, raising a family was hard but now it’s daunting. Take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. We are all responsible for building a stronger future for our children. We’re in this together and I’m proud of you!