You know about summer vacation fatigue (call it SVF). Symptoms: irritability, boredom, whining, thoughts of disowning your whole household for being constantly in your way. If that also sounds like your family during the early COVID-19 shutdowns or even now, you've met SVF's cousin, COVID claustrophobia.
Whatever the season or cause for expanded home time, stumbling over your children at every corner takes a toll on the nerves. They probably feel the same way about you. Here are some life hacks for when your family starts feeling "stuck with" each other.
Before you dismiss requests for parent-child time ("I'm busy, why don't you play out back?"), consider whether you're actually performing an essential task, or just sweeping the floor again because you're spending too much time noticing specks of dust. If the latter, you have that "nothing to do" feeling yourself, and naturally you feel irritable.
There are things beyond the routine you can do with your kids. Try some of the following.
Of course, you can't skip a virtual business meeting because your child is restless. And it's (mutually) infuriating when you're fixing a leaky faucet and your preschooler is stretched out trying to create a Very Important Picture-in the path between you and your tools. Try these ideas for avoiding human traffic jams.