Parents, how are you?
We have now been away from school for almost a full month. Some days zoom by and some crawl. Some days I feel immense gratitude to be healthy and spending so much time sequestered with my family, and others, well, let’s just say I need to mask up and take walks far far away. Some days are filled with dance parties, art projects, baking, puzzles, laughter and joy while other days are PBS kids marathons as I refresh the news and my social media feeds locked in the bedroom.
All of this is not even to say that my husband and I are still employed, that my hours are flexible, that we are currently healthy. I have deep empathy for families who are struggling with the financial implications of this health crisis, or for essential workers who still need to leave their homes regularly and fear getting sick, or for families who are full-time employed and expected to output as much work as before, if not more, while also ‘homeschooling’ their children - who also need as much emotional connection as before, if not more. It’s an impossible task right now no matter how you slice it.
I came across this article this week and wanted to share:
“The Parents Are Not Alright”
The general takeaway is that we are asking individual families to solve problems on the societal level, that this pandemic is highlighting all that is wrong with our systems set up to support families, and that even in the best-case-scenario, this is HARD and scary and NOT WORKING.
It also discusses how the onslaught of virtual activities and programs, while thoughtful in pieces, is overwhelming as a whole and that they can often serve as another “thing to do” on our ever growing and never ending to-do list. We truly hope that our offerings here on this blog and via our zoom calls support you and your children and do not overwhelm.
We see you, parents. We are here to support you. How are you doing?