Marriage and Family

Parenting in a Pandemic: A Half-Marathon? Or a Triathlon?

“We all thought that COVID-19 might just be a half-marathon – a half-marathon that none of us were ready for, but one that we’d tough out, and tell our grandchildren about.”

Parenting in a Pandemic: But Are You Really Happy?

“Are you really happy?  Are we really happy, together?”  The happiness question has been with us long before COVID-19, but we might be asking it with more urgency, now.  Kind of like my son, at the breakfast table, repeating the same question over and over…”

Parenting in a Pandemic: Forward, Together?

‘The stories of Noah and Naamah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Zipporah, don’t have those moments when the story stops and they look one another in the eye, and just check in.  But you can be sure that they did have those moments.  They’re essential in any marriage that’s going to make it, in this new “normal”.’

Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 5 –

“This is what I felt, as I watched her: I know it’s my responsibility as the parent to lead, and encourage – especially in this strange, lock-down season of life.  But, as she danced, I felt led, encouraged, and motivated far beyond anything I’d known since the start of this Pandemic.

Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 4 – 

“The reality is that for me – and I bet for you – the possibility of more, better control, is kind of hanging out there, like a prize that’s just within reach:…”

Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 3 –

“The comparison game was bad before COVID-19.  It may have gotten worse, since.”

Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 2 –

“Real life has hit us in a big, big way, in this pandemic.  This may seem like an excellent time to aim for some big goals: a new diet; a new exercise regimen; three crafts a day for the kiddos; a new board game every night!

But here’s what we’ve found: My wife and I feel busier than we were before the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 1

“Parenting in a pandemic is no joke.  There’s a lot of humor to be found, but the laughter usually comes at the end of our ropes.”