What we are being asked to do is not humanly possible. There is a reason we are either a working parent,
a stay-at-home parent, or a part-time working parent.
Working, parenting, and teaching are three different jobs that cannot be done at the same time.
It’s not hard because you are doing it wrong. It’s hard because it’s too much. Do the best you can.
When you have to pick, because at some point you will, choose connection. Pick playing a game over
arguing about an academic assignment. Pick teaching your child to do laundry rather than feeling
frustrated that they aren’t helping. Pick laughing, and snuggling, and reminding them that they are safe.
If you are stressed, lower your expectations where you can and virtually reach out for social connection.
We are in this together to stay well. That means mentally well, too.
Emily W King, Ph.D.