Hey kids, it’s going to be harder this time.

The ups and downs, the unknowns, the cancellations. The worry, the fear, the sadness of things you most certainly will miss.

It’s going to be harder this time, when it gets darker earlier and the weather turns colder and we don’t get to do the things we love.

It’s going to be harder when you are asked to stay home and not see your friends or homecoming gets canceled or there’s no sports or activities.

It’s going to be harder to stay positive, to stay focused, to keep your eyes on the horizon instead of getting stuck in the disappointment of now.

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I don’t have the answers. I don’t know when this will end. I don’t know if this is our new normal or a blip on the radar.

But we will get through this.

There are no right answers.

There are no good options.

There are only impossible choices with outrageous expectations put on all of us.

Please remember everyone is just doing their best.

I can’t ask you to be happy. I can’t ask you to enjoy it. I can’t expect you to be positive or upbeat.

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I can only ask that you remember that you are a small piece of something much bigger than yourselves. I hope you always think about what you can offer the world, instead of what you can take from it. And I hope you know that doing the right thing is often harder, and you understand how your actions impact others.

It’s going to be harder this time around, and we have to dig deep.

But always remember, kids, I’ll be with you every step of the way.

Originally published on Playdates on Fridays with Whitney Fleming

Whitney Fleming

Whitney is a mom of three teen daughters, a communications consultant, and blogger. She tries to dispel the myth of being a typical suburban mom although she is often driving her minivan to soccer practices and attending PTA meetings. She writes about parenting, relationships, and w(h)ine on her blog Playdates on Fridays.