Being a mother during times like these can be horrifying, to say the least.
I have a 10-month-old daughter and a 3-year-old son. When things started to get bad we started staying home to avoid getting sick as much as we possibly could. I’m sure my son realized something was up. We used to go out multiple times a week and now we’re stuck in our house pretty much 100% of the time.
I did what I think is best and I gave my son the truth. I told him we weren’t going to be going out very much because a lot of people are getting very sick. We want to stay home to try to avoid any of us getting sick.
He may not fully understand but I would much rather be honest with my kids then to keep them in the dark.
Make the most out of isolation
My stress level has been on a continuous rise — as I’m sure it has for many others.
Things you need or want are vanishing from the shelves faster than they can get stocked. 24-hour grocery stores are closing just so they have time to re-stock. Small businesses are closing down until further notice — including the tattoo shop my husband works at.
My husband’s income was the only income we had — I’m a stay at home mother full-time.
His being out of work has been incredibly stressful. Thankfully, he was able to bring some of his office supplies home so he could continue to produce amazing art and continue growing his online art courses.
Now is the time to work on those projects you’ve been meaning to get around to but keep putting off.
One of the things that has bothered me during this whole ordeal is the disregard people have for each other.
Now is not the time to say “f**k them.” Now is the time to think about others and quit buying up every last item to stockpile for the next year.
Baby products are a HUGE concern right now. There are parents out there wondering how they will feed their tiny infants next because all of the formula is being stockpiled by foolish, greedy people.
There are parents out there wondering how they will get diapers and wipes for their babies because those have all been bought for stockpiles.
It’s selfish and cruel to all the other parents out there to buy these things to stock up. There are some families living paycheck to paycheck that can’t afford to buy 10 boxes of diapers “just in case.”
The next time you go to the store, think about whether or not you actually NEED what you are putting in your cart. If the answer is no — put it back.
If you know any elderly people, buy them some stuff and take it to their homes to help them stay home.
If you know anyone who still needs food and you’ve already selfishly stockpiled your entire house — give them some food and supplies.
There are certain precautions I’ve been taking when I go out right now. They’re very simple steps to take if you have some of these things available.
1- Wash your hands. This is pretty self-explanatory and I think everyone knows HOW to wash their hands.
2- Carry some travel hand sanitizer. I’ve always done this – even before the break-out.
3- Make or buy some alcohol wipes. Wipe down EVERYTHING. If there’s a door you have to touch to open — use an alcohol wipe to open the door so you don’t have to touch germs on the handle.
4- If you don’t have access to alcohol wipes, wear gloves. These can be disposed of and can keep germs off your hands.
5- STAY HOME IF YOU’RE SICK. Even if you think it’s “just allergies,” it could be something else and it’s not worth risking.
Obviously, even if you take all of those precautions, there’s still a chance of coming in contact with Coronavirus. I wish you all the best of luck during this scary and crazy time. We will overcome it, but it will take teamwork and time.
So remember, be a team player, help each other, stop being greedy jerks and stay clean and safe.