Parenting during Covid–times.
- Created: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 08:36
By Wendy Tyrrell
Habitat Management Coordinator
Who would have thought that I would be working from home during the beautiful, showy springtime on Southern Vancouver Island and having to decipher moment to moment, the challenges that encompass all that is our new norm like…how I’m going to attend my next Zoom meeting at the same time that my son Q has a Zoom meeting with his classmates on the latest book they are all reading at home under the B1 English Language Arts Curriculum section…huh? I always thought you read books for entertainment.
This time last year I had five really awesome community-based restoration events successfully completed and more coming up. This year, I’m trying to figure out what it means in Grade 5 math to use an “array model” to help my son do multiplication. The beauty of all of this new learning is that I know that I am not alone and I’m good at faking it! But, before I wallow in my own struggles, I acknowledge fully that I’m an extremely fortunate person to even consider these small dilemmas a challenge.
There are many of us that have relied (heavily) on providing structure and education to our children via the traditional public school model. I may be fighting this tradition with all of its downfalls, but I now realize how I have taken it for granted and how dependent upon it I have been. I’m not a creature of structure and I’m post-menopausal, so multi-tasking no longer comes naturally… being at home with my son, trying to work 25 hours a week and take care of a new puppy (no… not a Covid-induced puppy, just a lucky coincidence), and take care of the daily chores of living in a house (a privilege I’m thankful for) yup– you see it, you’ve heard it from your friends – this is not for the faint of heart.
But, in my weeks of meandering, flailing and trying to do it all like superwoman and also be able to bake bread and completely set up my garden before the May long weekend – well, it’s not working, surprise, surprise. Alas, I know why.