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Life as a Parent in 2020

Friday, September 04, 2020

Everyone can agree that 2020 has been a life changing year with no end in sight for normalcy. 2020 is teaching us how to roll with the punches and focus on the positive things. The hardest part (for me) is what the world is doing to our young children.

Homeschooling a Kindergartner and a 5th Grader has been very eventful and, at times, extremely stressful. As a full time worker, it’s made it even more difficult to juggle everything along with not compromising the attention that children require. The reality of the situation is the majority of children cannot be taught well by their parents. The relationship between child and parent is different than the relationship with Teacher and Child. Most kids require this separation of roles.

We’re struggling through this together and I feel that children are losing an aspect of schooling that they need.

Last night we received an email from our school district saying they will start offering a hybrid program. My question is, how is a hybrid program safer than kids going full time?
The data of the virus does not support our children’s lives being turned upside down and I’m tired of it. There is so much hypocritical things going on this country. Where are the logical people making these life changing decisions on our families?? All I see is decisions being made based on fear and possibly other underlining reasons. I don’t feel free in American right now. I feel like I’m being controlled and dictated to.

The rules being brought down are hurting our society more than the virus.

My son and I flew across country recently in packed planes and airports. We wore a mask and sanitized constantly. We survived unscathed. I believe that schools can provide the same type of environment. There are other ways to handle this other than shutting down in school learning. Segregate the classes and teachers maybe? I understand it’s a lot of work to put on teachers but we’re all put in positions that are causing us more work in our own jobs and in our own homes.

So what do we do about? Move? Protest? No, I can’t do that. All I can do is share my opinion and keep rolling with the rules whether I agree with them or not. Why? Because my children come first. I’m waiting for the day where everyone will put our future adults first.

Respectfully,
A heartbroken parent
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  • TERRISTREK
    Those 30+ plus and into their 50's people work for you every day in grocery stores and in other services deemed "essential" to remain open for the public. Why is having the option to shop in store more important than to teach our children in school?
    46 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/8/2020 10:10:16 AM
  • BEACHCALSIX
    Hey, hang in there! I have 3 little ones and having them learning at home is tearing me apart as well.

    While I do really want them to go back, I do see the other side of things. Most teachers are 30+ years old or well into their 50s. The virus is much more deadly for them. I'd rather have short term suffering for my children now than to cause many of the teachers at school get deathly ill or pass away.

    I hope things will resume full time soon. I was listening to the news today and they have high hopes for this fall and winter so I'm staying positive and keeping hope!

    Hang in there!
    50 days ago
  • TERRISTREK
    You get to choose full time at home learning. I don't get to chose full time in school learning.I'm thankful for your freedom to chose. Can't wait to get my freedom back.
    50 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    It is extremely difficult, and I have it relatively easy because I have a high schooler rather than a little one! School for us started yesterday, but we have yet to get an actual ongoing schedule because our district and the teachers unions are still fighting. So he had three classes online yesterday, the other three today, and beyond that we have no clue. SO frustrating. He really wants to go back to campus, and while I also want that, I'm also scared of us all getting sick...we all have "underlying health conditions" - he has asthma, Paul has high blood pressure, I have an autoimmune disease (rheumatoid arthritis). Just no good answers right now. Hang in there!
    50 days ago
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