Well, here we all are, either just out of isolation, currently in isolation or awaiting what feels inevitable – our turn to have a household member test positive or receive the honour ourselves.
A sense of dread is understandable when it comes to self-isolation. We remember lockdowns and picture ourselves getting reacquainted with the four walls of our houses, trying to muster up some sort of activity plan to fill the days.
For some parents, there may be some relief in finding out it’s their turn to self-isolate. At least it will bring a moment or two of certainty in these unpredictable times. But for others it will also be a huge disruption and truth be told, lots of us don’t have much bandwidth left to navigate this.
I’m regularly seeing families in my coaching sessions who are struggling to balance their workloads and personal anxieties with their desire for a calm and happy home. Understandably parents are asking questions like how do we make our homes a safe and fun place for our kids, despite the challenges around us? How can we show up for our kids when we’re going through our own struggles? Is it possible or even realistic to turn another disappointment into something palatable – and if so, how?
Here are a few ideas to help enhance the atmosphere at home while you juggle family life from the confines of self-isolation.