I last saw my mother four years ago, in July of 2017. In her house, she hung an outdated calendar with a picture of a lovely young woman. On telling me that she kept the calendar because the girl on it reminded her of me, I threw it out and sent her a canvas print … Continue reading If You See my Mother, Please Show her This Picture
The nurse caught Coronavirus at work. She got a false-negative test result the first time and celebrated that she did not need to think of death and dying. But when the cold worsened, she got tested again and self-isolated as a precaution. It was, however, too late. Her mother died a week later, was posthumously … Continue reading A Moment Inside Coronavirus Grief: Guilt, Courage, and Hope
Photo by Mi-Pham on Unsplash News of a second lockdown and tighter restrictions increased my children’s Covid-19 induced anxiety, requiring parenting creativity in how we eased them into isolation. With trembling lips, our 5-year-old put down his dinner spoon, stared teary eyed at his dad and said: “I don’t understand why there is no more school. There was … Continue reading I’m Helping my Children Celebrate Their Covid-19 Anxieties Away
And Three Tips to Help you Reinvent and Survive Photo by Brian McGowan on Unsplash Covid-19 destabilized existing socio-economic structures and disrupted our existence. With the systems that supported many lifestyles decimated, your life goals may have changed, moved, or disappeared altogether. Being unable to plan your future with certainty may leave you restless, feeling as if you’ve … Continue reading What Is The Coronavirus ‘Liminal Phase’?
“Air huuuug!” said a friend walking gleefully towards my 5-year-old at the start of social distancing rules. “No!” he said emphatically. “The government said no hugs because of the virus!”. We looked at each other wondering where he had learnt that from. He had found the virus at school the previous day. It was ‘just … Continue reading Air-hugs? Yeah, you gave a few today
Homeschooling anxiety? Homeschooling, stress, self efficacy. How does it all come together? While the real homeschoolers did their research, charted a pathway, bought learning material, and embarked on a journey, most of us have been catapulted into it by a force so sudden that we've found ourselves in a blur of hurried activities. Our lack … Continue reading To reduce homeschooling stress for both parent and child, encourage self-efficacy.