What we are going through right now is anything but normal. Our lives have essentially been flipped upside down and we are having to relearn how to learn a new normal. We are doing everything virtually, we are stuck inside and stuck with our family at all times. There is no eight hour break while they are at school. There is no 360 afternoon respite at ESP. The best way to survive all of this upheaval is to simply laugh at all the crazy parts.
There are going to be times when you want to pull your hair out and if your kids call your name one more time, you might scream. Take a breath, let it out and laugh. Don’t sweat the small stuff. You are doing the best that you can with what you have. Make a conscious effort to grant yourself grace and the space to make mistakes. Then laugh at those mistakes and learn from it for next time. There are a ton of other scary and serious things going on for us to worry about. Try not to add more to your plate by trying to keep up with all the little things.
Go through this time together. Lean on the people around you. Don’t isolate from your friends and family during this time. If you are living in a house with other people, find things to do together that will bring laughter and a smile to everyone’s face. Find a funny movie to watch and have family movie night. There are so many options on Netflix, Disney Plus, and Hulu. You can even filter by categories like family comedies, family friendly, or watch together movies. Pull out some board games or card games from the closet, dust them off and have a family game night. No board games or card games? No worries, come up with movies, people, places, or phrases for people to act out and write them on strips of paper and play family charades. You could even have a wacky family talent show! Encourage everyone to bring their silliest, goofiest and most interesting talents to the living room to show off. If you want to get extra crazy with it, invite some of your other family members via zoom or google meets.
These are scary and uncertain times. The only way to get through this is together and by finding JOY! Be with your family, laugh with your family and lean on each other and we will make it through this in one piece. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Give yourself and your kids grace because we are all learning a new normal.