One thing that is persistently challenging for parents in lockdowns and isolation is the need to split our time between everyone in our bubble, while still meeting the incessant demands of the day. And it’s a need that comes with a side order of guilt, if we’re not careful.
Is it even possible our attention across everyone in our bubble? Short answer – yes, we probably can, BUT we can’t do it perfectly. We would all do well to release the superhero aspirations, and deal to the guilt that persistently surfaces to try and remind us of how we ‘could be doing better’. No one is doing it perfectly, but no one needs to be doing it perfectly. It helps to keep this perspective in mind as we lower our expectations and increase empathy and grace. Here are a few ideas on what that might look like.