Quarantine Makes My Job More Interesting

by Kyrsten Weber - The Modern Mom on April 15th, 2020

My voiceover work has been a lot more...interesting of late. Not so much the content of the scripts, but simply trying to get the work done. As is the case for most of us, my kids are home and trying to do school. My day job has expanded substantially. I am now substitute teacher, principal, lunch lady, referee, counselor, voice actor, bookkeeper (in the midst of tax season), and mom with all the regular tasks involved.

My kids are 14 and 11, so they don't require the hands-on care that younger children require. However, as parents of teenagers know, they do require supervision so that they don't kill each other. Or at least so that no one is emotionally scarred for life.

I am not alone in the struggle. But I'm accustomed to working alone, so this is...different. For the first week or so, it was really nice. I like my kids a lot. We enjoyed the extra time together even in the midst of my work and their schoolwork. About half way through the second week, they started to wear on each other. By the third week, we all needed a timeout.

Fortunately, the fourth week was "spring break" and my husband had the week off. Of course, not a lot changed except the kids took a homework hiatus and I had my best friend around. Actually, that is a lot and I was grateful for the adult company and the tag-team parenting. We had fun. We made great food, hiked some, watched movies together, and generally got along better.

Yesterday, Daniel went back to work. The kids and I managed to make it through without any blowups, but by evening I was already looking ahead to the weekend and tag-team parenting again.

We're in this for the long haul, so I need to put on my big girl warmups, make that cup of tea, and pray to God that the Xbox and iPad keep working or I'll never get that VO recorded.

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