Today should look very different for us. The car should be packed, bike rack full and already on the road. Every year we escape to our favorite little place. It’s nothing fancy, an old beach motel where we’ve made some of our greatest family memories. Lots of time just wandering the beaches, looking for shells, flying kites, watching the sunsets, bike rides and lunches on the dock by the fishing boats. It’s not a luxurious all inclusive vacation, it’s what works for our family. And leading up to today I was letting the disappointment and sadness creep back in that we wouldn’t be able to experience that this year as a family. But I’m trying to keep all of that in perspective. We are healthy. We are home, together. And honestly it doesn’t matter if these kids learn their math, science and social studies, all that matters is that we are surviving. Mamas, if you have a list of things you are trying to accomplish while you are home, good for you. But if you also are just making sure everyone is fed and loved then you are doing exactly what is right for you. There is a ton of pressure right now to be “productive” while we are all home waiting out this pandemic but it doesn’t need to be that way. Be kind to yourselves, enjoy the time with your family and if things aren’t going the way you expected, adjust your expectations and find the good parts. Don’t feel like a regimented workout? Move your body with dancing or yoga. Unsure what to make for dinner? Get the kids involved and have them help and create it together. Whatever you do, please don’t compare it to what others are doing. Because comparison is the thief of joy.