The Year of Parenting PivotsDec 07, 2020
Pivot is definitely 2020's word of the year. I don't know about you, but I've been using it a lot in all aspects of my life: business and parenting. If you are a fan of the sitcom Friends, this scene probably comes to mind when you hear the word "pivot":
If you haven't seen this episode, I suggest heading to YouTube to check it out! If nothing else, it will give you a good laugh.
A Year of Pivots
When it comes to life during COVID, virtual learning, and being a PANS parent, I am in the mindset of always being ready to change direction at the drop of a hat. It's not easy (that's an understatement), but we have to accept that we aren't in control right now!
As some of you may know, I have been working on my first online course for awhile now. Every time that I think I'm close to finishing, I find something that needs tweaking or I feel that I need a change of direction completely. I've been making a strong effort to take a step back, slow down, and pivot when needed.
The same goes for parenting our children during this uncertain time. How many times have school plans changed over the past few months? The question of, do we send our daughter to school, or don't we? has been swirling non-stop through my mind. As parents, we are constantly changing our daily routine to manage our 9-5 jobs while also taking care of our children. This constant switch-up in schedules and expectations is just plain stressful for all involved.
My daughter is in high school now. Being a teenager is tough enough, but being stuck at home 24/7 with your parents, forced to be away from friends, is less than ideal. We've had to find creative ways to be manage school work, stay productive, and even celebrate her 16th birthday all awhile social distancing. Pivot, pivot, pivot.
Keep it Light
If I could give one piece of advice during the year of pivots, it would be to make all the pivots as fun as possible. The more fun you can make it, the lighter you will feel, and in turn, your energy will rub off on your kids.
I've actually gone as far as to make a pivot dance, which is really just me literally pivoting in place every time I talk about yet again shifting gears in one way or another. You probably won't be shocked to hear that my teenage daughter doesn't find this nearly as entertaining as I do. But that's the whole point. Make things light whenever possible. In the end, bringing humor into things makes the reality of the situation a little less painful, and helps us to breath a little bit easier, don't you think?
How have you had to make pivots recently? You're invited to join my free private Facebook group and share your story here.