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.