Five Card Story: Leading, Teaching, and Parenting During a Pandemic - A Do-over

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Two years ago, I started a doctoral program and introduced myself based on the characteristics of a yellow flower. While adjusting to being a student during COVID-19, I've read many articles have come out recently regarding the rise in Black women tending to plants as a means to focus on self-care and mental health. I've never been able to keep plants alive (I've killed a cactus) but I've become more interested in it this summer as something to teach me patience, to slow down, and be intentional with my time. At the same time I'm adjusting myself to learn from home, I'm also a single parent of one child. Having conversations with my daughter regarding why she can't physically play with other kids has been important but also hard. What is missing from the beautiful articles and guidance from the CDC/government is how to engage in these conversations while coparenting during a pandemic. Children going back and forth to both parents homes is not a easy conversation to begin with let alone during a pandemic. Hopefully, this pandemic provides an opportunity to evolve relationships for the benefit and safety of all homes. And evolving parental relationships also, allows an opportunity to pass own family recipes and perfect your cooking skills. No matter what, we will come out of the pandemic changed.... and hopefully for the better.

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