It's been a year.
As the one-year anniversary of living in a COVID-19 pandemic approaches, there's some light at the end of the tunnel. People are getting vaccinated, due to this cases are dropping and ICU's are not at full capacity all the time anymore. The real end might not be so near for many of us, since vaccine supply is still less than ideal and herd immunity might take a bit longer to achieve.
Parents are done. We are exhausted, overwhelmed and a tad depressed (is it just me?). Between working from home while also homeschooling, not being able to get a break from everyone, being "on" 24/7, and also dealing with all the emotions our children are dealing with, not seeing their friends, not getting to experience the world as they were used to, not seeing their grandparents in a lot of cases to keep them safe from the virus.
It's been a lot. It is still a lot.
But you are not alone. When I feel lonely I like to scream into the Twitter void because I know someone out there will feel the same way I do. And, with pandemic parenting, there is a lot of screaming, from many of us.
Here are the best #PandemicParenting tweets:
celebrities finding out that parenting is hard is my least favorite genre of pandemic news— Sophia Benoit (@Sophia Benoit)1586457149.0
We are in the “popcorn counts as vegetables, right?” stage of pandemic parenting.— Jaime Santos (@Jaime Santos)1613870308.0
Parenting in the pandemic is about getting creative. Order all the LED lights Amazon can carry, bust out your 80’s… https://t.co/v62UnoNHzY— Casey Stern (@Casey Stern)1613929838.0
The next person who says “I could never do it!” to me re: pandemic parenting is getting a VERY lengthy lecture. Oh,… https://t.co/FTHRAyFZbY— Aubrey Hirsch (@Aubrey Hirsch)1614024949.0
My younger son Skyler just told me “pants are for the weak,” how’s your pandemic parenting going— Jeff Yang (@Jeff Yang)1585691172.0
The 6-year-old just told me, “Mama, we’re not going to bed until you go to bed.” Sigh....it’s going to be a loooo… https://t.co/EZQnvVj25S— uché blackstock, md (@uché blackstock, md)1614042063.0
Adventures in pandemic parenting: After interrupting an emotional Zoom farewell by ordering my youngest back to tim… https://t.co/MPXeX62ObH— Greg Bluestein (@Greg Bluestein)1609185410.0
For me, the hardest thing about pandemic parenting is the uncertainty: I can't tell my kid when she’ll have a sleep… https://t.co/wmkg9nV4HA— Jessica Valenti (@Jessica Valenti)1611783450.0
pandemic parenting win: killed half an hour by letting the baby unpack and give hugs to each one of a jumbo pack of maxipads— Moira Weigel (@Moira Weigel)1598039738.0
This is the GIF I am using to communicate what it’s like to parent right now. What is your pandemic parenting GIF? https://t.co/D8x78VXEAo— Jarrett J. Krosoczka (@Jarrett J. Krosoczka)1600713618.0
did I capture pandemic parenting in a single photo, exhibit a https://t.co/mt9DrhQVrW— .ashley. ✨🎙 (@.ashley. ✨🎙)1591645337.0
I’ve been solo pandemic parenting and working and virtual learning minding with no childcare support for 25 days st… https://t.co/o7znTBJ4Av— Erin Matson (@Erin Matson)1612735255.0
Mommas, we’ve been parenting through a pandemic. An election. A MESSY election. Some of us have been pregnant, post… https://t.co/WvEudWpQzJ— Ohio Momma 🤱🏼🤰🏼 (@Ohio Momma 🤱🏼🤰🏼)1609995125.0
Pandemic doctor-parenting milestone. Kid interrupted virtual visit to ask where we kept the blowtorch and I... well… https://t.co/fyjCVkUMXr— RanaAwdishMD (@RanaAwdishMD)1613498973.0
It's been quite the year PhD while parenting with postpartum depression during a pandemic has been by far the hard… https://t.co/v35CRJCVoS— Elly Knight (@Elly Knight)1613150791.0
Dear NY Times: From the bottom of my single parenting, full-time working, remote-learning proctoring, pandemic-batt… https://t.co/3WhwskU7n1— maura quint (@maura quint)1610902350.0
Hi, yes, unless you have also parented a small child during a global pandemic, your parenting advice is completely useless to me.— Sarvenaz Taghavian (@Sarvenaz Taghavian)1598221257.0
I think the best parenting pandemic hack I’ve come up with is washing the car. It’s outside, it blows off steam, it… https://t.co/Ki4IxwXIgz— Amanda Deibert🏳️🌈 (@Amanda Deibert🏳️🌈)1603051114.0
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If you don’t let your kid play PBS games on his kindle so you can cry and stress eat candy in the other room, are y… https://t.co/tdnGsJAPvQ— Dr. Clare Brock (@Dr. Clare Brock)1586795572.0
Parenting during a pandemic is like running a practice with a dozen greasers. (Side note: I’d give anything to ru… https://t.co/GnlWW1IMPH— Casey D'Annolfo (@Casey D'Annolfo)1585489676.0
The thing about pandemic parenting and Twitter is that Twitter is actually the perfect way to use your many uninter… https://t.co/z48XceioEH— Pamela Jakiela (@Pamela Jakiela)1611593420.0
3:30 am. Finally sat down to work. The only time I've had today. Annnnnnd baby decides to wake up right now and par… https://t.co/13C0DLXasY— Wajahat Ali (@Wajahat Ali)1588058981.0
Me parenting in the pandemic: “Yeah, I guess you can ruin that”— Natasha Leggero (@Natasha Leggero)1588029986.0
ME: [parenting before the pandemic] no ME: [parenting now] sure why not, it’s the quarantine— mark (@mark)1586013367.0
I try hard to stay positive through all this because I know my little family has so much to be grateful for, but ma… https://t.co/ALZHx9cKVB— Jasmine Warga (@Jasmine Warga)1603121694.0
Some professional news: I’ve just dropped my kids off at school for the first time in *six months*! I’ve valued my… https://t.co/lGKGGCbXkq— Carys Craig (@Carys Craig)1600176761.0