With a 4 year old preschooler, I try to make everything into an adventure or he’s never going to get into it. To be honest, working from home and juggling this cheeky boy of mine, can be quite a handful especially when you want to smash those never ending emails or the calls that make you crack your brain like literally! But this too shall soon pass and I’m taking this opportunity to spend as much time and effort I can to make the best out of this unfortunate pandemic event to feel what it’s like to be a SAHM ( which I must I admit, I’ve been wanting to be each time when work gets very stressful!) and now I am.
First two weeks working from home, I must admit working in pjs are all fun for a change but it comes with negatives. I was trying to juggle workload, answering this little curious mind questions about the world, and really just trying to keep everything under control. But it’s such an abrupt change to everyone: to the organisation, we were still trying to figure out how to work out things and how to overcome our work hurdles.
So here goes my mum guilt, is me feeding Ayden screen time after screen time in between his “role play” with his toys session and trying to sneak in some play dough and kinetic sand play while I work. We had Disney Plus in the background almost the whole day. Because it is convenient! There I said it!
There are also days that I rushed to Kmart to get some games to occupy his time and trying to get Art supplies but by this time, the government has already announced that they are bringing forward the school holidays so Mums are cleaning out the shelves at Kmart and Officeworks of the art supplies and board games aisle! So managed to get some books, Hungry Hippo (secretly I want one too!) and that old school fishing game which Ayden absolutely love! But like any child, his attention span is short. We have to keep moving from one thing to another.
We do go for walks in the evenings and I try to get him out and about after I shut my computer down. Sometimes when it’s a good day, we head out during lunchtime in the backyard to do a little bit of “grounding”.
At the end of the day, we try to be the best we can be, although our best is less than perfect in the view of others. I think it’s perfectly fine during this time to feel the way we are feeling; Confused, Scared, Uncertain… it’s not easy in difficult times like these but it’s also important to show these children that it is okay and we get through this. Do what do you as long as these lil ones are showered, fed, happy and knowing that we are physically there with them. Here’s to all mums working from home. You are amazing and keep doing you!