In this weeks blog Samaira talks about being a Mum in a pandemic and shares with us what she needs from the government to help her and her family get back to a normal life.
My name is Samaira. I’m 28 years old and I am currently a stay-at-home mum with 4 young children. I have been out of work since 2018 so my day-to-day life generally consists of appeasing small people and maintaining the home environment.
Being a Mum in a pandemic
Being a mum throughout the pandemic has been difficult in more ways than one. Although it has brought us closer together as a family in some ways, it has definitely taken a toll on my wellbeing and sanity.
The places we previously used to frequent are no longer accessible. Being restricted from where I can go and what I can do to keep my little terrors entertained has been frustrating to say the least.
At one point I could not think of anything worse than spending a couple of hours in a soft play centre, full of screaming children and offensively bright coloured play apparatus, littered with plastic balls. Now there is not much I would not do to let my kids loose and burn off some excess energy, whilst I catch my breath and grab a cheeky coffee with another mum and actually get a word in edgeways!
It has been lonely and isolating. Sometimes I wonder how I will resume normal life and hold flowing conversations with other adults. My anxiety was bad enough prior to the pandemic, I wonder how I will manage to find the confidence to get back outside and socialise with other adults as we move towards resuming “normality”.
Nothing seems certain at the moment and I struggle to picture what life is going to look like this time next year.
What I want the government to do
As a young woman and a Mother I want the government to make it clear how long it will be until my family can do our regular activities.
I also want to know what will be done to integrate our children back into society and normal life. It’s been a year since Covid took over the world and most of us have forgotten how to live outside of our own homes.
We know young women have struggled through the pandemic and have felt ignored throughout the crisis. Find out about our no young woman left behind campaign and how we are fighting to ensure young women are not left out of Covid recovery planning.