With the COVID-19 pandemic happening, things have thrown us all for a loop. We are so used to being on the go go go, now it is time to stay at home. That part, I do not mind. I have saved so much money on gas and unnecessary purchases. But it has also been challenging finishing out the term at home with a two-year-old.
My daughter is good when I tell her I have to do some schoolwork, keep yourself busy, but we all know, that does not last too long. She has her tablet and every toy you could imagine, but that does not hold a candle to a laptop, books, and highlighters for some reason. So, I learned to deal with it. She’ll stay in the room and watch TV and play on the tablet while I “attend” class online (which is about an hour and a half or two). We play through the day and when she takes her nap, I get a review in before she wakes up, then back to playing or reading to her. I get the majority of my studying when she goes to sleep for the night.
I cannot lie, when we learned the format of our finals was open book and we have a week to complete the finals, it has been a little harder for me to knuckle down and study as if I would not have notes and my books available to me. A huge part of me says, “why study, you can look up any concepts you are unsure about or need confirmation.” The other part of me is saying, “you need to know this for the bar exam; and it is better to know this stuff so you can get through the material quicker and do not have to spend a whole lot of time looking things up.” The struggle is real!
I can honestly say, staying at home has not been bad for me at all. I like to be at home, to be honest, this gives me a chance to enjoy my daughter while she is small and wants to be around me. I did not realize how much time we spend apart. So, it has been nice being with her and not having to drop her off at my mom’s house. It is not all rainbows, there are times where I am like, ok, you need to go to gran-gran and I need a little while by myself to just breathe and relax. But since we are keeping our contact light since my mom is elderly and I do not want to put her at risk, I limit taking my daughter to her when I have to go to the grocery store. Need I say how happy I am to be Sam’s club member because buying in bulk, I don’t need to go very often. I’m ok with once a month.
We all have our challenges, whether we are dealing with the online schooling for the children in grade school, having to work from home with children, taking care of an elderly parent; we are definitely all going through it in our own way. Take this time out to do the things we say we do not have time for. Read a book, learn a new skill, keep in touch with family, re-evaluate your goals, create new goals. What I know is, we will all get through it. Good luck and stay healthy!