Coronavirus Impact On Family Life


I think it fair to say that we’ve all been impacted by the coronavirus in one way, shape or form. For many daily routines will never be the same again. However, the perceived crisis may just provide the needed opportunity to improve family life for the better.

On the one hand you can look at all the negative consequences that many are experiencing because of the coronavirus. Loss of family members and loved ones, financial insecurity, the closure of your favourite stores, having to queue up to purchase food and basic essentials, social distancing, wearing of masks the list goes on. 

However, on the other hand, we’ve all been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the way we do what we do for the better. Think of the average family with 2.2 kids with working parents. An ordinary week can easily resemble organise chaos with the race to get the kids to school on time, dodgems on the tube system, skipping lunch to finish early only to repeat the morning madness and be rewarded with a microwave dinner.

We all yearn for more quality time to do the things we say we would love to do. And just like magic, many were been given the opportunity to spend extended time at home with their entire family. Did it work out like a bed of roses? Not for all but with a concerted effort the opportunity was there for all to make it work. 

As we begin to relearn and develop a better understanding of what family life can be like, we discover that there’s no rule that says we have to have everything figured out right now. Every step forward is progress and a step in the right direction. Each new day brings a brighter way to manage all the challenges that family life brings. 

In changing the way we look at things, the things we look at change. We develop a healthy appreciation for teachers, NHS staff, and all front-line workers irrespective of their race colour or creed. And in doing so we make the world a better place, not just for our children but our children’s children.

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