Life, Interrupted: A Time To Slow Down

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Dear Moms,

I see you looking at your to-do list that just grew exponentially over the past week.

I see you questioning how you’re going to add “teacher” to your already extremely long job title.

I see you wondering how you’re going to keep the kiddos entertained or busy alllllll day long for the foreseeable future.

Moms, the world has been turned upside down. The days are starting to run together and that suffocating feeling of having to be on top of all the things, all the time is starting to weigh heavy.

This is your permission to let go of all of that. You certainly don’t need that permission, but just so you hear the words and hopefully feel them somewhere in your soul.

See the thing is, you don’t need to complete 47 worksheets, two hours of math, teach your kids another language, make sensory bins, bake healthy snacks, follow a color-coordinated schedule, teach P.E. class, or do any of the other 2,134 things that you’re seeing on the internet. (Except for staying home. Please, do that).

How about if instead of trying to cram in all the things we think we have to do, we make time for the things we want to do?

Feel like staying in your pajamas until 4 p.m., or better yet, all day? Great, embrace pajama chic. It’s having a major moment right now.

Eat the snacks. Heck, eat them in your pajamas, in your bathroom, with the shower running and the door locked. Enjoy them.

Check out the cool virtual zoo or museum tour because you want to, not because you think you have to.

Go for a walk, by yourself (if possible). No scavenger hunts necessary. Wave to anyone you see.

Read a book. FOR FUN!

Catch up on all the BRAVO shows (after the kids go to bed, of course!)

Stop scrolling when you see what others are doing and feel like what you’re doing isn’t enough.

Set up a virtual happy hour with some friends. Use this time to catch up with friends or family you haven’t talked to in a while.

Turn off the TV when the weight of what’s going on feels too heavy on your shoulders.

Take a bath. Try a new face mask.

Make peanut butter & jelly for lunch every day. Better yet, have the kids make their own lunches.

Speaking of, take this time to give your kids more responsibility around the house. Think of it as the home economics class they’ll never get. Win-win for all.

Let go for a bit. Embrace the fact that you don’t have to sit in the school pick-up line or deal with traffic. Lay with your kids on the couch and relish the stillness that comes with not having to be anywhere.

Let go of the notion that you have to add “teacher” to your resume.

The only thing you need to do is be the same mom you were before all of this started.

life interrupted

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Jody Vitali
Jody and her family made the change from big city life in Chicago to the suburbs of Charleston and couldn't be happier! With an undergraduate degree from Elon University, and a Masters in Counseling from DePaul University, Jody's career path took a different turn when given the opportunity to take over ownership of Charleston Moms. This new adventure has left Jody with so much excitement for continuing the great work that CM has already started, and also very little free time as any business owner knows! In between balancing the responsibilities of being a WAHM, Jody enjoys spending time/keeping up with her two young daughters, date nights with her husband Rob, practicing yoga, exploring Charleston, and indulging in some retail therapy.

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