Take a good look at this picture. What do you see? Let me share what I see… I see a mother who is working, cooking, cleaning, baking, washing dishes, folding laundry, entertaining a toddler, and putting away dishes. Overall, I see a person who is exhausted b/c of the stresses of working and trying to run a whole ass household and watch her children all at the same time dure a time where things are so unstable and uncertain.
What’s my point? This is the reality of a lot of parents especially single parents. I have even seen mothers talk about how they used to have a village of people and how some didn’t feel like they were single parents until this Virus hit. Like, that’s deep b/c being a single parent isn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination, which is why having that village and that support from friends and family is so important.
However, with social distancing guidelines in place, many things including physical support have been stripped away. Can you imagine what that does to a person’s psyche? Can you imagine how stressful their everyday life must be with work demands and family demands all in the same place with nowhere to get away from it and no help? The anxiety or the depression that must set in to think that you’re either failing at work or at parenting.
Well, I’m here to say to those single parents to take one day at a time. Do the best you can. Don’t sweat the small stuff. You are only one person. No, your coworkers will not be upset if you have a toddler to feed and you’re late for a meeting, mute can help. Some sleep patterns may change and that’s okay, make sure you’re both getting adequate sleep to function the next day. I mean, get help and outsource when possible.
You can’t do everything at once or worry about completing every task. It will be okay. People will understand. Be kind to yourself and be easy on yourself. The most important thing is to stay safe, sane, and healthy while the world figures out how to move forward. Do your best and let the rest go. ❤