Returning to a ‘new normal’ post COVID
What have we or our kids learned in 2020?
We can see that staff have started trickling back into office buildings, remaining cautious and now following social distancing measures, marked by circle stickers on floors and sanitation stands at every corner. The lift in some buildings are also restricted and monitored while the smell of sterilized surfaces lingers in the office, a sense of ‘strangeness’ is felt. Sounds of laughter, of people finally having human interaction in 3D, is a relief.
From a parental perspective, the respite of not chauffeuring the kids to all their activities was welcome, and the ability to be home in pyjamas with everyone was comforting. But over time, it was clear that we all need some individual space! I asked the kids about what they felt or learned from this COVID situation. One child was more than happy to stay home, we already knew that she is a homebody. Another child missed their friends especially as they were placed in a new class, so the lack of ability to form strong friendships was missed. But the kids are more than happy to be back in school and basketball, enjoying the interactions with their friends and we, as parents have a newfound appreciation for TEACHERS!
This post-COVID impact must be difficult for families that endured loss and grief. Undoubtedly, we in Australia are very privileged to be on the more positive side of the situation, compared globally.
Hopefully this situation has brought out clarity for you and your family, on what’s important and allowed for reflection upon the ‘busy-ness’ nature of pre-COVID lives.
Embrace the day at hand, slow down and take the time to do what’s most important.