Parents in Boca Raton and across the nation are breathing a collective sigh of relief as the 2020-21 school year nears its end. While virtual schooling last year (or for some/all of this year depending on your circumstances) worked for many students, I’m pretty confident the majority of moms and dads are looking forward to a brutally normal 2021-22 academic year.
Virtual school, while better than nothing, is something that I could live happily never experiencing again. I’m pretty sure I have trauma from all of the Zoom meetings my then first grader had to attend. She did fine. I was the one who was really stressed out.
However, there are a few amazing silver linings to the pandemic that we experienced as a family, and I hope they never go away. Don’t believe me, parents? Let’s discuss the good stuff that actually happened to come out of quarantine.
Private Movie Screenings
Taking in Hollywood’s latest blockbuster in the presence of 100+ strangers is a pastime that can go by the wayside as far as I’m concerned. Being able to rent out a theater for JUST my family and friends at Cinemark or iPic in Boca is my favorite pandemic silver lining! We can chat, the kids can (carefully) move around, and you can theme your outfits and snacks around the movie without the fear of being judged!
I mean, the Polar Express is 10x better when you’re wearing pajamas in public.
Virtual PTA Meetings
I pride myself on being (or at least trying to be) an involved parent at our school. But those PTA meetings can be a bear sometimes, especially if they’re held in the evenings or during work hours! Attending Zoom parent meetings from the comfort of my own home (with a discreet cocktail) became my best friend this school year. I didn’t miss a single one.
Automatic Playdate Outs
Do I tolerate play dates? Yes. Do I like them? Heck no.
I am a working mother with limited free time, so the ability to say no to hosting and attending play dates due to the pandemic eliminated any of the mom guilt I would have felt in previous years.
Is there anything better than pulling up to Target or Party City, popping your trunk and someone putting the goods directly into your SUV? I think not. I love Amazon as much as the next person, but not having to break down a constant stream of boxes lets me call curbside pickup a major mom win.
I don’t think us parents truly appreciated Florida’s climate until we lived through the past year. Being able to dine al fresco, host small gatherings and, later on, much needed school and social events (even if it was hot out), made all the difference for the state of my mental health. I look forward to celebrating anything and everything in the fresh air going forward!
What did I miss in my roundup? Comment below with your own pandemic silver linings!
Michelle Olson-Rogers is a mom of one and the founder of Modern Boca Mom, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. She can also be found on Instagram at @modernbocamom.