Living together for all these weeks presents many challenges for us all, but most moms bear much of the weight. We are all managing work and parenting in an entirely new way, and it is exhausting and stressful, worrisome and maddening. But we are doing it because that’s what we do.
We stay strong and hopeful, organized and invested in maintaining a fairly healthy home while taking care of all the people in it.
We are the ones who keep the wheels turning despite the screeching halt of circumstances we are all struggling to endure.
Moms are the caretakers, the motivators, the instructors, and the counselors.
We are the cleaners, the organizers, the encouragers, and the comforters.
Moms have an intrinsic ability to do it all.
But these days, we are being stretched to our maximum capacity, just trying to keep the ship from capsizing and the sailors from sinking. Some days are easier than others. Some days are downright hard with a capital H.
Every family has their own challenges to work through with their kids during this really hard time and there are many parenting approaches used in how to manage our kids being stuck at home 24/7.
But despite all of the differences, I would bet my government stimulus check that most moms are saying very similar statements to their kids in every home across the country– on repeat.
Here are 21 things every mom is saying to their kids (on repeat) during the Pandemic:
1 No, you still can’t go anywhere. No, not there. Not there either. Nope, not even there.
2 I know you need a haircut, but hey, the “Man Bun” will look great on you! I’m betting it’s totally the style these days, anyway.
3 You’re hungry AGAIN? How on earth is that even possible? You just ate!
4 No, I will not make you more food when you can surely make it yourself. If you leave a mess in the kitchen, you will never eat again, capeesh?
5 GET DOWN HERE AND CLEAN UP YOUR MESS IN THE KITCHEN NOW!
6 Why on earth is there so much dirty laundry? Recycle your clothes, people! They can’t get that dirty from lying around the house!
7 Don’t eat all the chocolate and don’t you DARE touch my secret stash or else I will
ground you take away your phones.
8 Get outside and get some fresh air. I know it’s sleeting/snowing/raining/cold, but just bundle up and do it. It will be good for you!
9 “I don’t have time” is never going to fly right now, so don’t even try to use that excuse.
10 I’m working so please don’t bother me again and don’t just walk in when I’m on a zoom call!
11 I’m sorry, but I can’t help you with your schoolwork because it is way beyond my level of learning. Email your teacher.
12 You know your dad is here too, right? So, go ask HIM.
13 Four hours of video games are enough, so find something else to do that does NOT require a screen.
14 We are ALL getting on each other’s nerves, so let’s just try our best to get along, respect each other, be patient with one another, and give each other some space, okay?
15 I don’t know when this will be over or if we will ever go back to the way things used to be, but for now, we need to be grateful we are all okay.
16 I know you are trying your best and I want you to know that I think you are doing a great job with all of this, honey.
17 Let’s have another family game night or movie night or do something fun together because we really need it right now.
18 It’s okay to feel afraid or sad or angry about all of this, and if you want to talk, I’m here for you.
19 I know this is hard and I’m so sorry you are missing all the things you can’t do and all the people you can’t see.
20 This Pandemic is really hard for us all, but I promise you we’ll get through this together. We have each other and that’s most important right now.
21 I love you and even though you drive me crazy sometimes, I’m actually loving this time we have together. We will remember it for the rest of our lives.