So how is Union really doing? Attempting to grab onto a little bit of alone time…even if that means just trips to the bathroom.
“I can’t even front,” jokes Union.
“I will claim a gastrointestinal issue so fast to get a little extra time.”
And according to a Tropicana survey conducted by Wakefield Research between October 29 and November 4 how 49 percent of U.S. parents hide out in the bathroom to get a moment to themselves but can we blame them?
In addition to the mini bathroom breaks, Union says she listens to positive affirmations as well as does Zoom therapy that has helped immensely.
“I’ve had to talk to all of my business partners and just be really transparent, like, ‘I want to be my best employee for you or leader for you, but I am going to need some time for me,” she says.
“Everyone has offered me that kind of compassion, that space, and that grace to do what it takes to function. And I just hope more companies and schools offer that time and that space and that grace that we all need to try to figure out how to survive in this pandemic.”
She shares how she has also received love from those in her circle.
“We’re very lucky that we have a very large village,” amid the pandemic, the couple moved both their moms into their home, along with Union’s niece and younger sister.
“We all rely on each other, and we all muddle our way through. And when it gets to be too tough, we offer grace,” says Union. This year, Union says her village has helped her learn a massive parenting lesson: needing help is okay.
“It doesn’t make you a failure,” says Union. “Needing help does not make you weak or vulnerable—it just means you need help like everybody else.”
“I don’t have all the answers and that, ‘I don’t know’ is a real answer that more people should embrace,” says Union. “It’s been very humbling.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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