With the exception of those working in essential services, the stringent social distancing laws, combined with the inevitable closure of child care centres and schools, will mean that most of us are eventually forced into some form of confinement with our families.
With grandparent babysitters also shipped off into isolation, this will mean that for a lot of us, parenting will become the sole responsibility of, well, parents. A daunting prospect at any time, made even more challenging under the current circumstances given that parents are also trying to work from home, supervise school work, stay financially afloat, and shield their children from their own anxieties.
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We all have a choice in how we approach this situation. Ordinarily, the thought of being forced into lockdown with my very young children, for months on end, without reprieve or assistance would have filled me with dread.
Ratty, irritable kids demanding to be entertained, and long days peppered with tantrums and fights and time-outs, tempered only by a constant stream of threats and bribes.
Under normal circumstances, I would have done everything in my power to avoid this situation. I love my children and I enjoy spending time with them, but parenting is hard, and there is definitely a limit to how much both they and I can tolerate.
These unprecedented times, though, have forced me to take a step back and approach the situation differently. I have chosen to see this forced confinement as a positive. Never before, or again (hopefully) will my children or I have this opportunity to spend so much quality time with each other.