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Challenge: Reflecting on a Year of Pandemic Parenting

Personal Pandemic Pros

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I always try to think of the glass being totally full, even though that’s totally unrealistic.

During these times it’s gotten harder and harder. Today I’m letting my mind go of all the sadness around the pandemic and sharing with you a few personal pandemic pros:

1. Seeing family that’s far away. I moved away from my family and roots before having kids, so travel and connecting online has always been frequent. Take travel away and the meeting online is more consistent than ever before. It’s scheduled into the week vs. here and there. I’ve also been able to chat with more distant family — some I maybe wouldn’t have the time to see if we traveled.

2. Fam time. This is a given, but without a commute I have more time to spend with my kiddos. And since we’re not going out as much, I get a glimpse at what they can create in the house before boredom strikes (reusing Amazon boxes has never been cooler).

3. Pooping on a personal toilet. Sorry guys, had to put this one in there. I’ve just never been a fan of the multi-stall bathrooms at my office. Here’s to pooping in peace (and being more regular).

4. Helping more. Although the time I spend on my blog is less these days, I’m focusing on writing with more intention. That’s given me more “thank-you’s” than I’ve ever had, and that’s priceless.

5. Giving more. Since we’re not going out as often and my family is extremely fortunate to still have a full income, it’s been possible to give more. The challenge becomes how to disperse the donations (one I’m privileged to have).

Any personal pros? I’d love to hear them.

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