This goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway, we love our kids. But this being stuck inside is no joke! Don’t get me wrong, I agree that this is what we have to do at the moment and I don’t have any problem complying with this decision for as long as is necessary. It is, however, a whole new world that many of us parents aren’t used to.

Today we had a family meeting. We’ve had a couple of them over the last two weeks but today’s wasn’t an information meeting, it wasn’t a “let’s talk about our feelings” meeting. It was a “Mommy is still working even though we’re all at home and it doesn’t seem like I’m working but I am and I’m also taking care of us all and doing the laundry and cooking and cleaning and FOR THE LOVE, PLEASE STOP FIGHTING!” meeting….

Once I’d gotten their attention (or stunned everyone into silence, whatever you want to call it), I went to YouTube and I showed them a children’s book reading called Zara’s Big Messy Day (That Turned Out Ok) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10c8dxYFNts. Zara is a little girl that is feeling frustrated and annoyed by things happening in her day, but her mother teaches her a little trick for when those big feelings come up.

It’s mindfulness for kids and the author Rebekah Borucki has generously offered a free, downloadable anti-stress bundle for kids. It includes the e-book, audiobook, an exclusive guided meditation for kids, printable coloring and activity pages, and the Big Messy Emotion chart. You can find it at ZaraBundle.com and I highly recommend checking it out! You’ll have to enter your email address to receive the package but you won’t be solicited for any other products or services.

My kids really enjoyed the story and we practiced the breathing technique together. We agreed that we’re going to work really hard tomorrow to do Zara’s breathing trick when we’re feeling frustrated or bothered by someone or something. Mommy too! We’re a team and we’ll do this together! And yes, I recognized I needed to do a lot more breathing today too…

So that was today…it wasn’t one of my proudest days but it turned out ok in the end! I’ll be writing to you here with what myself, my three daughters (7, 5 & 5), my husband and our dog Lucy get up to during this time that we’re inside our little home in our little Greek village on Lesvos. I’ve collected tons of tips and online activities to do with kids and adults as well that I’ll be trying out and sharing with you. I’d love to hear from you also! Are you a parent working from home now suddenly too? How are you coping with this new balance?

Stay healthy friends! Deep breaths!

Talk soon!

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Tara McClure

Tara McClure

I'm Canadian and I've been living in Greece for 11 years. I'm from a beautiful little village called Cumberland on Vancouver Island. If you haven't been there, you really should! Now home is another beautiful little village on an island, Molyvos in Lesvos Greece. Add this to your list as well. In fact, put it at the top of your list! You'll see why when you get here.

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