With schools and businesses closed because of the coronavirus, we find ourselves sharing more time with family, including school-aged children, than we ever thought possible. Are you letting this time be a blessing or a source of stress?
Michael Matthews is an Army veteran and father of three school-aged children. He has always been invested in his kids’ education, even more so now that they’re home 24/7. “Free time is definitely gone, but I’m perfectly fine with that,” Michael said. “I’ve changed up my routine to incorporate my children and keep them busy.”
Michael and his wife Krystle are both veterans and have busy lives in addition to their parenting responsibilities. Between home life, work, and volunteer time with peer support groups for veterans, it takes resilience and organizational skills to keep life in balance.
Here are five ways busy parents can be present and fully support their kids — especially during uncertain times:
“Self-care is an important aspect of parenting. Whether it’s waking up earlier than your children to have some quiet time or stepping away for five minutes of solitude, it’s good to find time to regroup and come back refreshed,” Krystle said.
And remember you’re not alone. As we adjust to a new normal, we’re learning that social distancing does not have to mean isolation.
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