It has been 75 days since we took the decision to not send our toddler to daycare. Since then, life has been a bit of an emotional and physical rollercoaster. Our household consists of 5 people (me, my husband, my toddler and 2 cat babies) and somehow, we all have learned how to be professional jugglers. We all do our parts like a well-oiled machinery (at least for the most part), just as long as there is a routine to be followed.
But here’s the thing. Other than being mom, wife, home-maker, cook, cleaner, gardener, virtual (social) butterfly, a designer and a hard-working employee, I suddenly have one more key role to play – Life Manager. And that’s not just me managing my own life, but 4 other’s.
It’s tough. Really tough. So today, I’m here to talk about 9 REAL STRUGGLES that are unique to this situation.
- Staying productive at home and work
- Staying healthy (and coping with a new disease called germophobia)
- Keeping a 3 year old productively busy, happy and healthy
- Trying not to kill your partner.. err.. or shoot yourself in the head
- Staying optimistic about the future (and trying not to imagine a zombie apocalypse)
- Not becoming a complete social outcast
- Finding time to do the things you like
- Tackling all of the 10,000 different emotions and finding your ‘me’ time
- Living (even enjoying) the current reality
Click through the following pages to read what I do to keep my head above the water (that has worked so far), some tipping points and a modest attempt to develop a hindsight – because someday, this too shall pass.