As we move into the second half of this school year and complete a full year of dealing with this pandemic, it is natural for fatigue to set in. In the midst of this disaster, you are raising your children and supporting your family, which can be a very difficult job in the best of circumstances. If you are grouchy or struggling at times, please be gentle with yourselves.
Our children need social time as part of creating a sense of normalcy. Consider different ways to give them play time with their friends and cousins. For instance, a virtual bedtime story, in which children from different homes, meet through the computer, and a parent reads a story to the whole group. They can talk about it and share the experience and this has the added benefit of giving some parents the night off from story reading, as the group of adults takes turns. You can also have thematic virtual visits where the children tell jokes or do yoga together. These are opportunities to teach your children about perseverance and resilience- skills we all need now and they will need their whole lives.
Finally, realize how much strength you have all shown through this year, to do what has already been accomplished. Remember, we can all only do our best. Stay safe and stay connected!