While parenting during the age of the coronavirus, it's important to celebrate the good and try to forget about the bad, says Grant Minkhorst.
After a year at home caring for our little (big) baby, I had returned to the office for a mere two weeks before the world came to an abrupt halt. Next thing I knew, I was breaking out the sweat pants and trying to settle into life working from home. I'll admit, I had mixed feelings about this sudden return to my former habitat. On the one hand, I would be able to spend more time with my family. On the other hand, I would have to spend more time with my family. I was enjoying the quiet rides into work (alone) and savouring my piping hot morning coffee. The novelty of going to the bathroom without disruption had not yet worn off. On the bright(er) side, I've been able to continue watching our child grow up without missing a beat. The positives outweigh the negatives by a hair. During my moments of energetic positivity, I'm grateful for the opportunity to create new memories and traditions. But, during my moments of utter despair, I only see a clock moving at a glacial pace towards bedtime.