When the country went into lockdown, we were told: work remotely, there is no school, teach your children remotely. My initial thought was, “This shouldn’t be that difficult”, but boy was I wrong!
Being cooped up in four walls with the same people and figuring out your emotions about lockdown while attempting to do it all was extremely challenging. Sharing the role of “ma’am” and “mom” was the toughest having to face frustrated looks from my son, pressuring myself to excel at this new role I was in, not finding enough time in the day to finish it all and then going to bed feeling like a failure.
The EdufundiAtHome series and working with a team of exceptional mentors really was my saving grace. At the time of experiencing a proper meltdown, I used the information provided on how to do a routine at home for learning, created a google calendar with links to schoolwork and helpful Youtube videos to support the content and this resulted in my child being able to work independently. His routine included comfort breaks, GONoodle fun and walks with mom, and life felt manageable again. I am so grateful for the lifejacket that the Edufundi team of mentors gave me which saved me from drowning.
Lockdown has taught me that adjusting to change takes time and reflection is essential. I am grateful for people who have supported and helped me to understand that I don’t need to push myself further than my boundaries in order to be a success.
I am now mom and part-time ma’am and feel like a supermom. Bless the teachers that do this full-time. I salute you!