I don’t know about you but I did not expect to become a stay at home mom and teacher this year! Life was moving along as normal and then BOOM…I am a 1st grade teacher, 3rd grade teacher, Spanish teacher, referee/PE teacher, lunch lady, and much more. At the same time I’m trying to provide for my family as a full-time, professional real estate agent. I know I am not alone. I’m not the only mom juggling and I certainly have it easier than most. But for all of us juggling moms out there I wanted to share a few things that have helped me stay sane during this insane period.
Break the rules
Let the kids stay up late and sleep in so you can take care of YOU in the morning. School work is there whether it’s 7am or 10am, and PJ’s are the preferred uniform in my house.
Let it GO
How many times have YOU watched Frozen and Frozen II in the past 2 months? Channel your inner Elsa here. I drive myself crazy wanting countertops to always be clear and toys put in their places. Trying to keep your home in tip top shape while your entire family is constantly home is like trying to brush your teeth and eat Oreos at the same time. The mess will be there but for now, be Elsa and LET IT GO!
Life lessons are just as important as school lessons
We are all teaching the ABC’s but I added the tutorial on how to make a PBJ to my lesson plan. I don’t know why it took this lock down to make me realize my kids can handle making their own lunches, they can take out the trash, load and unload the dishwasher, and a lot more if I just show them how. There’s no advantage to me maintaining control and responsibility for these simple chores. Teaching them basic life lessons is the best part about being their (substitute) teacher.
So, ladies. Enjoy your Mothers’ Day. You’ve MORE than earned it this year. In fact, you’ve probably earned two, so just have your family reserve a day in the fall to REALLY pamper you…without the social distancing.