At this stage of parenting, I did not think I would ever think about potty training ever again. But recently I did.
I had one of those moments when you look at your kids and wonder when it all happened? When did they grow so big? When did they grow into a young adult?
It happens right in front of your eyes and yet, it’s still a shock to the system.
One minute they are small enough to carry in a pouch, the next they are tall enough to almost stare you in the eyes.
Last week I was ordering new underwear online for our oldest boy. Medium briefs!? No superheroes, no trucks, just plain-coloured, boring underwear. It seems like yesterday I was buying a bulk pack of size three Spider-Man undies.
Then even before the confirmation email from Amazon hit my inbox, I was taken back to the days of why we needed those tiny undies in the first place.
The long weekend that I was potty training our first child using a three day bootcamp friends had shared with us.
As a parent, I knew the day would come that my kids would start talking about music, movies, celebs etc. that I would not know about.
It’s impossible to keep up. But one area I thought I would hold my own and be able to talk the talk, was with technology and online apps.
But that quickly vanished over the past few years and especially since our oldest son added a phone and Chromebook to his life. Now my brain checks out when the boys talk about Minecraft, Among Us and Roblox.
I tried to understand each by creating profiles and playing, but it just never caught on. For the record I am horrible at Among Us.
The latest and maybe the most unknown app to me is Discord. Have you heard of it? If you have young kids or teens, I know you have.
Do you know what it is? What it does? If it’s safe?
You really should because at least in our house it’s becoming the number one way our oldest son communicates with the online world (and us).
I know I am late to the party, but for those who don’t know about Discord, here is my explanation including what parents need to know.
As we come up on one year of basically being stuck at home, I wanted to share four ways I am personally coping for the sake of my mental health.
We all have our own situation. Small businesses closed, others working from home, online school, no eating out, can’t see friends and family and the list goes on. Just walking outside feels like a luxury at this point.
I have written before on the benefits of us all being at home, but what about me? How am I personally getting my mind through the day? What small things are bringing me happiness?
Oh and to avoid anyone saying, what about your wife and kids bringing you joy, that of course should go without even being said. They get me through the down days and I do the same in return.
This post is about me and my solo time activities that take my mind off of vaccine roll outs, shots in arms (or lack of), daily pressers, washing hands and worrying about an unknown future.
It truly is a full-on battle for proper mental health and whatever you can find to bring you even 10 minutes of “normal”, I say go for it.
Here are just 4 of the ways I am coping with being stuck at home.
“I don’t like online school, when is it over?” ~ Unnamed children in my household.
Does that sound familiar? The COVID-19 pandemic continues to play with our kid’s education like a yo-yo spinning up and down between in-person and online school. Everyone in our house was done. We were ready to return to the real life classroom, hopefully for good.