Is this the New Normal?

As a working parent of a grade school age child and caregiver of an elderly mother I have experienced a increased amount of mental, emotional, and financial stress during the COVID-19 situation. I’m trying to find new ways to establish a routine that feels normal and make sure that everyone’s needs are met. Carving out a time to attend to work responsibilities at home while having a child at home and engaging him in meaningful activities is a challenge. Also, making sure that my mother is kept medically safe by limiting visitors and stress triggers is a task. I don’t think that I’m alone in the experience and that is comforting but I would like to find support through an online community that can link me to others with shared experiences, tips and guidance on how to best handle these emerging dynamics.

About This Story

  • Project: COVID-19
  • Date submitted: March 18, 2020
  • Emotional tone: Neutral
  • Who should know about this? Everyone

About the Storyteller

  • Community: Delray
  • Age: 41-50
  • Gender: Female
  • Concerns: Health of my friends and/or family, Health of the community, My child's education, and My health

How the Storyteller Interpreted Their Story

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  • Why people acted the way they did: --
  • How people were treated: People are treated how they want to be treated
  • In my story, there are: Solutions to problems
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  • My story teaches us that: The community is volatile
  • My story is about: Fear