Surviving Your Family
I want to start by saying that I adore by family. I have a wonderful, supportive husband, two unique and wonderful children, and a great extended family network. At the same time, I freely admit, that while I work with children for a living, I have never seen myself as a successful stay-at-home mother. I enjoy my work and I believe that the time I spend away from my family helps me better cherish the time that I have them with me. Finding myself as a working stay-at-home mom has been challenging despite my background in child development and behavior management. Sometimes, the challenge comes from the frustration of being home, with my kids, 24/7 and other times it is the guilt of not meeting my personal expectations as a mom (too much screen time, divided attention), employee (not meeting deadlines to keep projects on target), and as a provider (not able to meet the needs of many of my clients with the stay-at-home orders). I am working to be okay with "okay" - the curse of the perfectionism. I also know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and some time spent planning how to support my family helps me be a little better than okay not just with my kids, but with my work. It's not a perfect system, but I think we are succeeding with our okayest foot forward after week 1.
Knowing this is hard for me, I want to help others as best I can. With people laid off and hours reduced, many families can't afford to see a therapist 1:1, so this can be done through group webinars. Thanks to those of you who joined me this evening for "Surviving and Thriving During a New (Temporary) Normal. For those of you who missed it, please feel free to check HERE to view this webinar and resources.