I love movies and television shows that depicts humans struggling through some type of catastrophe. A la The Walking Dead or 2012. I’ve had discussions with friends and family about what we would do if we faced those same scenarios. Could I outrun a hoard of zombies? Would I be able to get my family aboard a life saving boat? Or could I live alone for years trying to find a cure like Will Smith in one of my favorite movies, I Am Legend.
In my mind, I was totally prepared to handle any end of the world scenario or so I thought. On March 12, 2020, I was called out along with every other parent and teacher in America. Due to Covid-19 all schools were going to be shut down for at least 3 weeks. I was at work and all day there were rumors swirling that we were closing down. I didn’t believe it. Sometimes I can be a skeptic. When it was confirmed, it was difficult to wrap my head around it. School closed for 3 weeks?! And possibly longer?! Not only was I unsure how this would play out for my job as an Intervention Specialist Teacher but also as a parent.
My first born diva is a junior in college. Disappointed that she has to end her school year at home as an online student. My middle diva is a senior in high school, who is still awaiting the verdict about prom and graduation. Meanwhile my seventh grader is pleased as punch with everything and just misses hanging out with her friends.
Fast forward to the present, Friday, May 1, 2020. I’m still trying to find a balance between work and home like many people. Working from home makes it difficult to totally get away from work. I’m constantly thinking about things I need to complete. As an Intervention Specialist teacher who also has a resource classroom for Language Arts and Math, I’m definitely busy. The day goes by so quickly and most of the time I feel as though I’ve accomplished nothing during the day. No one was prepared for this.
I caution all parents and teachers to be kind to themselves. Don’t beat yourself up. Do the best you can. If your child is frustrated or upset with their schoolwork, let them have a break. We are all learning to live in this new world. It is scary and our young ones need love and support not more stress and anxiety. Remember, you are not alone!
I’d love to hear how all of you are doing during this time. Comment below and let me know. My sister is allowing parents to share their stories of sheltering at home over on her page. There have been some great experiences shared. Click here to read them on her Facebook page.