Help!  During this time of self-isolation my kids are making me nuts!  I feel guilty complaining when there are terrible things happening all around the world, but they are!  I am trying to hold them accountable for schoolwork while attempting to hold myself accountable for my own work, all while trying to keep a sense of normalcy when we are living in a world that really doesn’t have any.  I feel frayed, scattered, and at my wits end.  Any words of wisdom?

Scattered Parent

Dear Scattered Parent, 
Please know you are not alone!  We all are going through unprecedented obstacles with homeschooling, working from home, and steering clear of what is our normal support systems.  Don’t beat yourself up.  It will just make your feel worse.  Reach out to your children’s teachers and ask for some ideas they may have to keep your kids engaged in their school activities.  Try implementing a schedule where you commit set times to school and other activities.  Have your children come up with “boredom busters” and keep them on a handy list that they can refer to when boredom strikes. Also know that it is okay for you to set some time aside to take care of you.  The better you feel, the better you can help your family feel. 
Remind yourself that we are all in this together!  At the end of this pandemic, my hope is that the world as a whole is a softer, more understanding place, that never forgets how far we have come to support on another.  
Keep your head up! 


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