Any affiliate links in this post will be clearly marked with a * and if you click a link and buy a product, then I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog!
I’ve chosen this photo for this week’s Living Arrows linky because I just love how enjoying the simple things can make kids so happy sometimes. In this photo the twiglets are eating homemade banana muffins inside a den they built. This would make it sound like I’m completely smashing parenting during lockdown, right? I mean, how wholesome and lovely! In reality, the muffins were burnt to within an inch of their lives and the ‘den’ was literally just a throw draped over a few garden chairs, ready to collapse at any second!
But the twigs didn’t care in the slightest. They were happy as anything to have a ‘treat’ that they helped to make and a change of scene, however crappy it may have seemed to me.
So much pressure to smash parenting in lockdown
As a parent, it’s really easy to feel under pressure at the moment. Especially when you open up social media and see all these other parents doing such an amazing job, with Insta-perfect homeschooling scenes, happy kids and beautiful houses and gardens. Then you look at your utter tip of a house and think about the fact you just shouted at your kids because they refused to even pick up a pencil, let alone doing any work. And you just feel a bit crap.
We’re all doing a good job
But actually, my point is we’re all doing our best. And we’re all doing a great job, even if it may not always feel that way. However imperfect it may seem, I really hope that good things will come out of lockdown. I hope one of them is that our kids are going to look back on this time and remember it fondly. A time when we spent loads of time together enjoying the simple things.
Thanks so much for reading! Til next time,
‘You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.’Kahlil Gibran