A lot has changed in parenting, even compared to just a short time ago when things were considered “normal” pre-pandemic. Which feels like ages ago!! We all want to be the best parents we can be to the most important people in our life but life can get in the way, even for the best of us.
With many of us working from home and kiddos at home for remote learning, take time to rethink how you are spending time with your kids. Even though we are physically present during this time, we may not be fully present and in the moment because of the constant chirping of email reminders and notifications. Make sure to create those hard stops during the day. It is very easy to have a fluid workday that continues into the night while at home. It may make you feel productive, but may not be the best for you and your family.
Here’s what some of our team members have to say about parenting in 2021.
Parenting in the year 2021 may look very different from parenting as recently as 2019, but maybe it doesn’t have to. While we are all still in the midst of a global pandemic and trying to make decisions on whether our children should return to in-person learning or remain virtual, there are still aspects of how we parent that can remain the same.
One very important part of parenting in a time of crisis is finding a routine for your child. This may be having set times for meals, walks with the family, or just some good old-fashioned free playtime. Continuing to remain a constant in your child’s life is also especially important and can be achieved through what I like to call the ABC’s of parenting.
Parenting is the hardest job in the world and, as it has with just about everything, the pandemic has increased the challenges. Even with a million books on the topic of parenting, there is truly no instruction manual tailored to your specific child(ren). Still, since parenting has been around forever there is some pretty solid evidence to support what I am calling parenting reminders for 2021:
Show up for your children every single day. It is sure to be messy, complicated, and scary at times AND it will be wonderfully rewarding and full of love.
What are some things you as a parent have done to counter the challenges we all face at this time? Do you adhere to a strict schedule? Are you prioritizing quality family time? That doesn’t include just being at home together – this could mean a fun family activity or game night. Let us know in the comments!
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Until next time, Be Wise!
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