When COVID Hits Home | A Whole New Level of Exhaustion and Mom Guilt


Hey there, exhausted parent. I want you to know I see you and I feel it too. What we thought would be a few weeks of sacrifice has stretched into months and we are weary. Our mental fortitude has started to crack and things like job security, education, and health are now things we fight and claw for and then hang on for dear life. Doing life this way? It’s not supposed to be like this.

From one mama to another, this is my very real and very raw call for us all to keep fighting. I took this photo soon after I got my positive COVID result. Within 48 hours, my husband would get his positive result and one of our three kids would also be symptomatic. Everything stops when it hits your family. Suddenly, the already stretched too thin parents are feeling like garbage, fighting for breath, and are expected to isolate, yet somehow still BE PARENTS. Oh, and also clean all the high-touch surfaces and masks daily.

It’s a new level of exhaustion I wish we had never unlocked. We wore masks, washed our hands, and took precautions. But it got us. And the worst part of all hasn’t been the nausea or vomiting, the loss of taste & smell, the cough or even the severe fatigue. It’s the guilt. Mom Guilt goes to a whole new level when despite all your efforts, in the battle of you versus the virus…..the virus won.

Maybe this post just puts a familiar face to a COVID-positive case, which helps you relate more personally to the pandemic. Maybe you’ve been through this too and it helps to know you’re not alone. Or maybe, you’re wondering if you are strong enough to keep going when everything in you wants to tear those masks to pieces and quit.

Don’t quit. Keep fighting. Care for yourself and care for others. Show kindness and empathy. Wear a mask and do what you can to slow the spread of this thing. Because from one mom to another, I can tell you this…..I wouldn’t wish this on anyone and the only way we’re going to beat this thing is TOGETHER.

Stay strong, mama.

– Sarah Kooiman, Owner + Co-founder of Milwaukee Mom

{ See original Facebook Post here. }


  1. Sarah, I’m so sorry to hear about the virus hitting your family. I pray that you can all get through it fairly unscathed. It’s awful. My sister, her husband and daughter also had it and she, too, said the worst part was the guilt. I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be to be so sick, while still trying to take care of your family. Sending lots of good thoughts your way. I hope you can all get past this quickly. — Vikki


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