Calling all parents!
How’s being a parent during the pandemic?
Even after a year and a half, parenting in the pandemic still seems like new territory for most. Juggling zoom meetings, guiding the kids with online learning while squeezing in all household chores. It still takes some getting used to.
Sounds familiar, right?
It’s no wonder why many moms and dads experience anxiety and burnout!
But don’t worry, you can do it! Here are 5 tips to help you survive and thrive parenting in the new normal:
1. Remember God’s character
When things are uncertain and unsteady, it is good to be reminded of who your anchor is — Jesus. Rediscover God through His Word and look back to how good He has been in your life before the pandemic and how He has been sustaining you until today.
Reminding yourself of God’s unchanging character will help you trust in Him during changing times.
2. Reach out to your children
Have you set regular check-ins with your family?
If you haven’t, you can start today! It is important to set aside time with your children and talk about their feelings, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) suggested.
Take time to sit down with everybody and ask, “How are you? How are things going? How are you doing? Do you need help?” Use that information on how you can help them adjust to the new normal.
3. Communicate with your employer
Some parents are uncomfortable to talk to their employers about their parenting responsibilities.
However, if you are having a hard time taking care of your children recently or you need more time to adjust to the new normal, may need to make some arrangements with them about your schedule and workload.
Exchange Family Center recommends that you try to offer a schedule that works for you. At the end of the day, it would be helpful if you are transparent with your employer about your situation.
4. Find time to take a break
Self-care is important, even before the pandemic, and all the more for parents now. Take time for yourself, rejuvenate, and model that for your children as well.
To take good care of your children, start by taking care of yourself.
5. Cover your children in prayer
Many things have changed since the pandemic started, and they will continue to change from day to day. But God’s love for you and your children will stay the same!
Prayer is the greatest weapon you can give them. So, pray for your child and with your child. Ask God to protect, strengthen, and give each one of you the wisdom you need as you all face the new normal. Pray for joy and lasting peace.
Parenting during the pandemic isn’t for the faint-hearted. But with the help of your loving God, you got this. The new normal is here — so as God’s new mercy every morning.
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Are you concerned about how you can survive and thrive in parenting during the new normal and beyond?