July 2020 Update – Parenting During Lockdown Life

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It’s been awhile since I have published an general update on how we are doing. I’ve spent the last few months trying to remain positive and optimistic. Especially since I know we are incredibly fortunate for so many reasons right now. I have job where I work from home even when there isn’t a pandemic. I still have my job when so many do not. We have the option to stay at home and keep the kids at home. So many people don’t have these privileges or options, so I feel like I don’t have any place to complain AT ALL. I also believe that since I have these advantages, I owe it to the people who do not to do my part and stay at home. 

So with all that said, we’ve pretty much stayed at home and seen only close family that we know have also been isolating. We largely do grocery pickup, and we get takeout once a week. I’ve worked at home for the last 6 years, so that part is not anything new. But not leaving these 4 walls all week is for sure – especially for the kids. 

We’ve done virtual dance classes and Zoom meetings for Parker. She isn’t a huge fan of Zoom….it’s so hard for her to stay focused at that age without a real person in front of her, but we have tried to make the best of it. She even had a virtual recital, which went surprisingly well. 

Virtual Dance Recital

Of course, like all mothers seem to do, I worry for my kids. I want them to have social interaction, and I don’t want them to miss out on life. I worry they will be behind, but the most important thing to me is their health and safety. There are only so many hours in the day as a working mom, but I do try to spend as much time as I can engaging with them one on one. Even so, I can’t help but feel they aren’t learning as much as they should be, but at some point, you just have to let that feeling go and do your best. As I mentioned in my KiwiCo Review, I’ve tried out a number of subscription activity boxes so that we have some good educational activities to do together. I’ve also bought a number of new card and board games that are good for children. If you’re interested, these are a few of our favorites:

We’ve also been investing in outdoor activities we can do at home. We made a big purchase when this whole lockdown started – a new playset for the backyard, which has certainly paid off not being able to go to parks during this time.

I do want things to get back to normal, as do most people, but I’m not naive enough to believe that will happen any time soon. I’d rather brace myself for the long haul and be prepared for the worst. 

I’m also curious to hear what you have been telling your kids about the virus. I’ve tried to keep it relatively simple with Parker and tell her there are some germs going around right now so we cannot be around people. The hardest part is not being able to tell her when she can go back to school or her other classes that she takes and really looks forward to. Fortunately, Ollie is too young to know anything different. 

I hope everyone stays safe, and I wish you all the very best during these strange and trying times. I’d love to hear how you’re doing in the comments down below. Thanks for stopping by!

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