With all of the uncertainty and confusion that this virus has stirred up I feel as if I need to reset my internal clock and revamp my life. This pandemic is teaching me a lot of things not only about the world and the people in it but about my home, my family and myself.
Lesson #1: As a parent with school age children it is not my job to be their teacher. I am their mother. My role is to be their comfort and their guide. My hovering was only causing all of us more anxiety for all of us and as a result we were getting less accomplished.
Lesson #2: I work best with a clearly defined structure in place and so do my children. I have since implemented a family planner. This outlines when my daughter will be doing each of her learning modules and coordinates Zoom and WebEx meetings so we are not all talking over each other.
Lesson #3: Everyone needs help. Most people are willing to extend a helping hand if only I am humble enough to ask for their support.
Lesson #4: Downtime is important too. All work and no play makes Jack a crazy boy. So far I think our Pandora Remix Outbreak Dance Off was the best mental health break we’ve had.
Lesson #5: My mother used to always follow me around saying K.I.S.S. for Keep It Simple Stupid. It’s only 40 years later and I am finally getting it Mom. Not everything is going to be perfect especially since we are scrambling to get these classes up and running in such a short amount of time. Where usually I would spend 3 hours revamping each and every lesson plan for a new semester we just don’t have that kind of time.
Lesson #6: Collaboration is KEY. My children’s teachers and I are a team. We all have the same end goal in mind and want the best for our students.
Lesson #7: My colleagues are freaking AWESOME! During this time we’ve been networking and pooling our resources. Everyone is working so hard to give our students everything they need to get through this crisis.
Lesson #8: My husband is still a big kid at heart. His comedic efforts have helped to lighten my mood even if they are a distraction from getting work done.
Lesson #9: Self Care is essential. Both Geralyn and I felt better after completing our 3 hr+ long hair care routines. Even though no one else was going to see us we could still see the beauty in ourselves and admire each other.
Lesson #10: Sometimes clothes do make the woman. Although it’s easier to loaf around in sweats and comfy slippers I feel more confident and more competent when I am fully dressed to “go to work”. So I’m not burning my bras yet.