All by myself. Single parenting during lockdown

parenting wellbeing Apr 08, 2020

Ok, so I'm trying to make light of it, but quite frankly, there is no other way.  I have been working from home as a full time single parents for 3 and a half years now, so I feel completely adept at lockdown ... it's really just more of the same.  But the added pressure of homeschooling (or not) as the case may be could be enough to flip many parents over the edge.  Having implemented many strategies for survival over the years, I have to say that prioritising your own wellbeing at this difficult time is not jsut important, it's essential.  You cannot pour from an empty cup.   Dancing, meditation, yoga and whatever makes you happy has to be fitted around your day and the needs of any children.  I choose to get up at 5am to get what I need and go to bed with the kids - but that's me.  Trust me, it was a slug fight in the beginning, mornings have never been my forte, but I quickly saw the return ... in my patience levels, my ability to respond instead of react and just my general happiness levels. Maybe you like to have your time later in the evening and whatever way suits you is fine, but with the added pressure of children being home all of the time at the moment, if you don't take care of yourself, then the mothership is going to go down.

Self love is a behaviour, not a feeling.

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