If you are like most Americans, you are fed up with being on “pause.” Me too! You may be wondering if there is a light at the far end of this global COVID event. And now in the past month of August we have hurricanes, riots, wildfires! How much can a person shoulder and try to live life, work, nurture and raise children?
You might also be wondering how other people around the globe are handling their daily life situations that you face each day. This much I do know for sure, if you are a person who is a media junkie, then you will have a never-ending doom outlook. The best thing you can do for you and your family is to stop listening and watching the media. We need to change our focus. If you are in a region which is not affected by these things – raise your hands to heaven in gratitude. Count your blessings and make sure your family realizes how blessed you and yours are.
New Zealand is an island, so when they shut down because of COVID, they recovered. When they began to reopen and allow deliveries from across the world, guess what, an outbreak began again. In the US, North Dakota had a different approach. The governor there decided to give the power back to the population to use their own best discretion on wearing a mask, and self-isolation.
Switzerland is mostly back to normal these days. The Swiss people did what they were told. They stayed home until they were told otherwise.
Iceland never truly shut down at all. Their health authorities gave smart, friendly advice, and Icelanders followed it.
Mexico is still extremely hard hit. The difference in this country, these people are tight-knit large family groups who visit each other daily.
Greece has experienced a rebellion of sorts. Greeks do not like to be told what to do. Coupled with a frail health-care system and elderly population, things have been tough.
Thailand, like many other countries, knows what COVID-19 is and how it is spread, and one mom who was interviewed called herself “moody mommy” after long days of working from home and juggling school for children and home duties.
Here in the US, we do not take kindly to being told what to do and for how long by anybody. Afterall is not that why our forefathers came here in the first place to get away from being told who, what, when, where, and how we can live?
I happen to live in California. In order to get to a point of being “open for business” every county/city/area has to come off of their “watch list.” This is based on the number of cases, tests, and ICU beds impacted. It is like watching a tennis match and you are dizzy watching the ball go back and forth. To add insult to injury, this beautiful state while sunny most of the time comes with an Achilles heel – sun, heat coupled with dry tinder. When we have an unusual occurrence of a high, a low, and a tropical storm running into each other we get a perfect storm – dry lightning. This is turn ignites fires all over Northern California. How much can a population take?
So now to today’s topic of September 2020 and a new school year and the 9th month of shutdown, worried about rioting in your community, maybe you are evacuated from your home due to a hurricane or wildfire. Think back to last September. What were you most concerned about? I bet it seems trivial to what is going on today. Here are some simple guidelines to help you at the beginning of a new school year.
- Above all do not lose hope! Keep calm and take one day and even one hour at a time. Children and others in your home will pick up on your anxiety.
- If you are on the edge [about to do something which is not good for you or your family], please reach out and get help. Do not wait.
- Give yourself room to be creative – try something entirely out of the box here to make school and work differently. Move to a different room. Change your COVID routine in September.
- Have a big family meeting before school starts and set some guidelines along with what your child’s school has proposed. Do not be afraid to call your child’s teacher and ask lots of questions. [my local tv station has had some wonderful interviews with teachers, and they have great out of the box creative ideas!]
- Try to do life, school, and work in a harmonious way. This means, set aside time to prepare for the next day in a thoughtful manner.
- Stretching a budget in 2020 has never been more critical. Teach your kids why it is important to plan meals, write down a grocery list based on your meal plan, and shop together online. Give everyone a night or meal that they choose. If your budget can afford to have a takeout night, then make that night meal a real celebration.
- Talk to your children about what they are feeling and dealing with. This is important at every age. If you notice a change in your child’s behavior, act immediately. Do not think they will just get over it once they are used to COVID normal. They are children, and they do not process things the way adults do.
- Make sure you talk about serious things with your partner in private away from little ears. You do not want to instill fear in daily life.
- Have fun, laugh, Facetime grandparents, friends, relatives, neighbors. Everyone misses everyone. Remember, if you do have to go out, be friendly, do not go out into the world with a suspicious mindset.
- If you cannot afford to do school shopping, pull out last year’s items. In all the years our children were in school, I never saw them ever use up everything. Make new school boxes and cover them with wrapping paper or paint them, bedazzle them. Set up each child’s special Desk/Class area in the corner of a room.
I want to tell you right now; you are doing a great job! No one on this globe was prepared for the COVID crisis, wildfires, hurricanes, or riots. No one. Every day, do your absolute best. Be thankful for what you do have. If you are at your wit’s end, get in the shower and cry. Let your tears be washed away and down the drain. Drown out the world with natural sounds and clean sheets to lull you to sleep at night. Tuck everyone into bed and give each one the time they need. Hug and Kiss them goodnight. These are the things your children will remember.
Do you have some great ideas that have worked for you and your family?
I’d like to hear from you!
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