It's been one week of being in Phase 1 - parents, how do you feel? Every family is unique, but we reckon the following are some emotions that all parents can relate to when Phase 1 came around. What do you think?
One of the first few emotions you might have felt is relief. Relief for a sign that the pandemic situation is coming under control. Relief that your child’s health and safety has slightly more security now. And yes, definitely relief that they can go back to school and you don’t have to juggle 10 million things at once with them at home!
But wait… you might also find yourself actually missing your child when they finally step out of the house. Next, anxiety comes knocking on your door as you worry if they’ll adapt well to their new schedule, and whether they’ll be safe out there.
Going into Phase 1 means facing more changes - even if they’re good changes. As a parent having a world of responsibilities at once, be prepared to feel a whole lot of different emotions at once, too!
Remember the very first day your little one stepped out of the house to go to school? Remember how moved you were to see your child reaching that milestone?
As you see your kid getting ready for school once again, after what felt like forever, you might experience a tinge of deja vu! There might be familiar feelings of pride from witnessing how your child successfully went through this period of immense change to life that we never had to go through as kids.
Parent, don’t forget that you deserve to be proud of yourselves too! It certainly hasn’t been easy juggling work, chores, HBL, and just being a parent in general, eh? Go on, give yourself a pat on the back!
Hope and Excitement
Yes, we all know that Phase 1 doesn't mean we can just bring our kids out, dine out and have fun outside like we used to. We also know that a resurgence of cases might happen at any time, which would then spell a step back from where we are right now. But, the very fact that we have officially entered Phase 1 of the end of the Circuit Breaker, proves that we are very much one step closer to more opportunities for familial gathering and outdoor fun. As such, it is only natural to feel hopeful, and maybe even a little excited for us to get closer to Phase 2.
Especially when most of us have never had to spend our childhood in THIS much isolation indoors, we definitely long for the day we can bring our kids out to have fun again, so they can feel “free”, as all children should be.
What is the first thing you are looking forward to in Phase 2?
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