It’s been a year since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the United States. The ever-evolving coronavirus situation can be a bit intimidating. With social distancing and quarantine are becoming frequent vocabulary words in our everyday conversations. The whole thing can feel downright overwhelming.
Answer me this question…when did feeling exhausted and overwhelmed become a part of our everyday routine/norm? As a parent these days, we are responsible for the well-being and education of our children. Teachers also have the responsibility of their classrooms besides their own children.
But how are the kids themselves coping? We as parents think that this pandemic is only really affecting us but in reality, our kids are dealing with more of the social aspect of it. This blog is written from the perspective of my 9-year-old son, with some of my insight as well:
Hi! my name is Myles Hooper, I am 9-year-old, in third grade and have hemophilia. The next couple of paragraphs are my viewpoint on being overwhelmed in today’s society of COVID-19:
Being a kid in today’s society is like nothing we’ve experienced in the past and hopefully not much longer in the future! I know my parents Lindsay and Alan continually say that this is only temporary but some days I don’t believe that.
I am enrolled in what our school calls hybrid learning, so I am in school on Mondays and Thursdays and home the other 3 days. While at home I am doing independent schoolwork along with Google Meets. My school day is very different from past years, there are only six to eight students per cohort (or class). Unfortunately, most of my friends are in school opposite days as I am. While in school there are very few students in the building. Our schools have plexiglass dividing the cafeteria table, so we are still able to see our friends and classmates but it’s hard to talk. When we return a book to the library, the books go into quarantine for two to three days to be sanitized. For our holiday celebrations, our “treats” need to be with the teacher at least a week prior to be “quarantined/sanitized” also. There are no more school functions such as our Halloween Bash, book fairs, open houses just to name a few. My bus only has seven kids on it both to and from school.
When I am home, I have a lot of schoolwork to do that when I am done, I am very tired. We still have the same subjects such as math, reading, writing, social studies, music, art and PE that are expected to be completed at home on our own.
Lindsay lives in New York with her husband, Alan, and her sons, Zachary and Myles.
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