"Ughhhh, not today! I don't want to be a parent today!" Have you ever had that thought before? The whole house overslept, you forgot to put your wet clothes in the dryer, your child got in trouble at school today, you're exhausted and just want a nap...today is just not the day. It poses the question, do you have to love parenting 24/7 like in TV and movies? If you don't love it all the time then it can bring on a sense of guilt, right?
Being a parent is a full-time job that you have until the end of time. You don't get sick days or vacation days. You don't get to quit and start over somewhere else. This is your life and you won't love doing it every single day like they do on TV or in movies. It's okay to not feel like it! It's okay to want a break from your children! It's okay to feel sad, guilty, joy, excitement, and many other emotions as you parent because that's what parenting is!
You have days where you're infatuated with the role of a parent and you have days where you second guess "what was I thinking" haha. It happens and it's okay to have those days where you just don't want to be a parent.
Implement self-care at some point within the next week. Yes, that means at least 15 minutes ALONE! You can do it!!
More and more places are lifting mask mandates which can cause some people to feel nervous or anxious. You are starting to see people walk freely without a mask but you get a lump in your throat worried about COVID. What do you do if lifted mask mandates make you nervous? Here are a few tips!
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OMG, I'm Getting Old!
Celebrating your birthday is usually a fun experience until one day you realize that you're actually getting older. You have become "the auntie" or "big unc" now. You realize you get excited about purchasing appliances opposed to a new outfit. You realize that you're actually responsible for getting your own life insurance policy (and kids). But does this mean you have to slow down or stop living your life? Absolutely NOT! What skills can you use to cope with your next step in life?
Here's a five things to consider when you feel yourself getting nervous about getting older:
1. Embrace life
2. Do things you wouldn't normally do
3. Say things you've been wanting to say
4. Stop caring about what other people think (I'm mean really, who cares?)
5. For Pete's sake, LIVE why don't you!
Whether you're entering a new decade or simply progressing to the next year, please remember that with age comes wisdom. It's okay to change your style, the way you speak, or even who you allow in your space.
This is YOUR year!!!
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CR Counseling, LLC co-hosted the All Hands on Deck: Parenting During COVID-19 Webinar Series. Charlece discussed topics such as working remotely, homeschooling, and coping skills needed during the pandemic. She discussed some obstacles parents are facing during the pandemic as well as suggests options for independent parents, co-parenting parents, and provided parent support and educational resources.
What was life like before the birth of technology, the internet, and COVID-19? How were people able to still interact without having a cellphone, luxury movie theaters, fancy bowling alleys, etc.? Families made due with tangible items around the house or yard to create memories (i.e. Tic-Tac-Toe, Hangman, or Pick -up Sticks).
Presently, we have found ourselves experiencing a time where we are having to revert to finding ways to create memories and stay active with our families while not leaving the comfort of our homes. What is there to do when the family room is our "getaway"? Finding activities to stimulate your mind is an easy way to stay active, engaged, and focused with your family. Check out the list of mentally stimulating activities below:
I don't know about you, but I have been getting tight and stiff from sitting in the house for almost four weeks!! A great thing to do is to get up and run around the yard with your child(ren) while revisiting your childhood cardio style backyard games.
If you grew up in earlier years, you may remember playing stick ball, street ball, freeze tag, London Bridges, etc.. Growing up in the 90's, I rode bikes, played Hide and Seek, Mother May I, Red Light-Green Light, and much more.
Click the link and choose an activity below to get your body moving:
Activities To Do With Your Children During COVID-19 Pandemic - Hand/Eye Coordination
Working, sitting, and teaching from home can become dreary and repetitive. What is there to do when everything is primarily closed? It's easy to focus on the negatives, yet, it takes more work to focus on the positives. This is a great time to teach your child some of your childhood games.
Do you remember gathering with your siblings and/or cousins to teach each other new hand clapping games you learned at school? Or did you all make up your own hand clapping games compiled with pace, sounds, lyrics, and moves such as Ms. Mary Mack, Hot Hands, Down by the River, etc.?
Get your child(ren) together tonight, sit in a circle, and play some games that engages your hand and eye coordination. Some examples and lyrics (from my childhood) are as followed:
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As we navigate through the uncharted waters of COVID-19 pandemic, you may find yourself frustrated, anxious, or scared. What can be done to assist you with decreasing these emotions? CR Counseling is now offering telehealth and weekly Vlogs to better serve the community. Check back weekly to watch a new Vlog for helpful tips of things to do and discuss during the pandemic.
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Charlece "Charlie" Bishop, MS, MFTA is a mother, daughter, sister, inspiration, and role model. Charlie started writing blogs and recording vlogs to maintain engagement with the community; also, to virtually communicate vital information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Charlie's blogs/vlogs are informative and useful information that will produce interpersonal dialogue. Charlie strives to develop consequential material to grasp the readers' attention and indulge them into new insights.