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A Real Challenge: Parenting in the Time of COVID-19
This deadly pandemic of COVID-19 has completely destroyed the world. People are affected physically, mentally, and financially as well.
However, during the lockdown, everyone had free time for themselves, because the offices were closed. But we, the mothers or the ladies of the house, were never on an off. We were supposed to handle the household chores, work from home, and of course, the role of a mother. My baby was not that big during the lockdown, so I didn’t face the challenge of keeping him indoors.
But, as we all know, the elders or grandparents are still not taking this pandemic seriously. They wanted to give a pram ride to the baby, but as a mother, I was very protective, because it was not safe at all for both of them. So, it was the biggest challenge for me to keep them home.
The other big challenge was managing work from home with a small baby. We, the ladies, are supposed to make meals, do the dishes and the laundry, and even more. Our household help were also not coming.
So, what I did to manage was to make a time table for my baby – at what time he wakes up and sleeps, etc. This really helped me. He would usually wake at 7 a.m., and then, after feeding and bathing, he sleeps again at 9 for two hours. Then, the super mommy in me starts doing the household chores and, at the same time, log in to my office work. I was not bound to sit all the time, as I had a target-based job.
Keeping your child at home all the time is also irritating for him. So, I used to take him out and sit in the balcony, which is full of plants. He was happy around the plants. I used to place his rocker in the balcony, so that he would have a view.
This is how I managed the lockdown as a working mother!