For most, school is back in swing in one way or another. And parents everywhere are asking how to manage “all the things.”
Here are some thoughts from my lens as a parent, former educator and organization/productivity coach.
It all starts with expectations. What is a realistic expectation for right now? What would be “enough” from this school year? In the middle of a pandemic, should things look they way they always have?
When the expectations in our minds aren’t aligned with our current reality it can be so frustrating and overwhelming. Trust me- I know this from experience.
We are all familiar with what “normal” looks like. And we know what we expect in normal times of ourselves, our children, our teachers and schools. But this year is NOT normal. The stress is real.
Start with your expectations. What could be adjusted? Knowing what would be “enough” this year, week, day or moment can make all the difference.
You are not alone. Some days will be more productive than others. Some things may not get done. It will, however, be ok. Grace and more grace. Step back for a moment and ask, "What will make today “enough?”
Maybe that means adjusting your task list to have 3 priorities for the day instead of 6… maybe it means that the priorities also should include more self-care than ever before.
Whatever the answer is for you, I encourage you to take good sweet care of yourself and your family right now. This will come to an end and when it does we will all remember how we FELT more than what we did or did not accomplish during this time.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED SEPT 20, 2020