How To Be The Best Pandemic Parent


Sorry but I do not have the answer. There is no list of ways to be the best version of yourself during a once in a lifetime pandemic. There is no magic wand to turn you into the perfect pandemic parent. (Although the magic of coffee always helps!)

There is no one size fits every family solution.

I apologize but I don’t have the slightest clue what each new days brings, what the latest headline will read, or what our days will look like even three weeks from now.

But I can tell you that the best pandemic parent starts with a little reminding.

Remind yourself that NONE OF US have our life together. (Although Instagram may tell a different story).

Remind yourself that you are doing the best you can and that you are human.

Remind yourself that you will make mistakes. And that’s okay.

Remind yourself that you are worthy and matter and loved.

Now that we have that covered…Can you guess who may need even more reminding than us? Yep, our kids.

Remind them that NO FAMILY has their life together.

Remind them that they are doing the best they can and that they are human.

Remind them that they will make mistakes. And that’s okay.

Remind them that they are worthy and matter and loved.

There is no perfect mom or dad or kid or family anywhere right now.

Let me remind you that you showed up today and are here and trying your best. Some days are better than others. But we try.

And that to me is how to be the best parent during a pandemic.

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Melissa Burnett
Melissa Burnett was born in New Jersey but moved to Ohio at the beginning of a school year where she thought her parents forgot her at Kindergarten and spent most of her first day in tears. Since then, she learned to transfer her imagination onto paper and write stories. She taught Title 1 Reading and wrote children’s books before embarking on her journey into parenthood. Melissa is a mother to twin boys and a younger boy who keeps her on her toes. She enjoys Friday stay home movie night with her boys and dreaming up business ideas with her extremely patient and loving husband. When she is not breaking up wrestling matches, Melissa and her husband spend their time working on rental cabins in Hocking Hills. They also enjoy popcorn and coming up with new popcorn flavors. Melissa promises she does not have motherhood figured out, but she does have many funny stories to share and a word of advice “when you go through the car wash with kids…make sure your window lock is on.” Follow her blog: