With the end of lockdown still a little while away, many of us have used this period of self-isolation to turn to new skills. From baking to craft, mums everywhere are perfecting their super skills by investing their time into learning new things or adapting to new ISO challenges head on. So which ‘ISO mum’ are you?
The Baker Mum
Never has there been so many cakes, biscuits and breads ever baked in the whole time of parenthood. This mum has put all her energies into making sure there are tasty treats for the family each day. The carbs that are being created in the kitchen are enough for any family to put on the pounds…but who cares….no one is going to see you….and you can always use the excuse in your next zoom meeting that the camera is adding 10 pounds. It has nothing to do with the 2 loaves of bread, various rounds of chocolate chip cookies and a few cupcakes you have churned out today!
The baker mum can be found skulking around the baking aisle ensuring there is enough plain/self raising flour in the cupboards for the next burst of petit fours and chocolate eclairs she churns out.
The Crafty Mum
Someone is getting a new scarf this winter as the crafty mum has taught herself to knit/crochet during isolation. Spotlight and Lincraft is still open thank goodness so she can peruse the aisles getting new ideas for craft projects the whole family can get involved in. Polymer clay earrings are a great project to waste time on as we all know it will be a while before we can wear fancy earrings out anytime soon. The crafty mum is usually found on weekends setting up craft stations for the kids so they don’t lose their creative gene.
The Sporty Mum
This mum has found her inner ‘sporty spice’ during self isolation. Sporty mum can be found pounding the pavement for the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise or riding round the block on her vintage bike with basket. Luckily that coffee shop is still open for takeouts as this ritual is important in the sporty mums routine.
Youtube zumba/aerobic/yoga or pilates videos are her medium of choice when she can coerce other members of the family to join in but facebook freebies are also great for a quick workout online.
The Renovator Mum
All those walks around the block looking at neighbourhood houses has inspired renovator mum to complete the half finished jobs in the house. A fresh pop of colour on the walls, some new wallpaper for the hallway, or attention to the landscaping are jobs you will find this mum looking at during isolation. Renovator mum can be found leaving Bunnings with paint swatches in one hand and some seedlings in the other.
The De-clutter and Clean Mum
The de-clutter and clean mum uses this opportunity to get through a shed load of cleaning and de-cluttering that has been put off for months. This mum will be using the resources in the home, (AKA the children) to assist with getting the home into tip top shape during lockdown. De-cluttering kids’ clothes is the first target, with toys and games to follow. The house is starting to look like a second hand market but soon the items will be offloaded to
some poor unsuspecting victim someone else on facebook marketplace.
The house has never been so clean…for the first 24 hours….until de-clutter and clean mum remembers every family member is self-isolating…at home…creating mess all over again!
With a new and improved set of skills, ‘ISO mum’ is prepared for any challenge thrown at her during self-isolation. Although….a couple more weeks of isolating with the family might be a bit of an ask….