As America lives under quarantine and unable to live their ordinary lives, I’ve noticed a few positive things.
Life has slowed down to pretty much to a halt, and without all the running around from one activity to the next, children are spending more time with their parents. In many ways we have stepped back in time to a different era where moms stayed home with their children. I’ve seen parents trying very hard to homeschool their kids or try to fill their time with meaningful activities.
Many parents have set up their own little Corona Academy where they have stepped in and filled the place of their child’s teacher. They have their own little classrooms set up for learning the basics. Children are reading, writing, and doing math problems in their own little at home classrooms, and parents are doing the best they can to help them.
We all know distance learning isn’t the greatest idea for young children and parent’s are going to have to play a pivotal role for it to work at all. There is going to have to be some structure for the learning time to work. Some teachers are going to be better at distance learning than others, and I hope parents realize that this is new for most teachers too. In addition, many teachers probably have their own kids at home that need assistance and have to be cared for. My biggest concern about distance learning is that parents are going to make comparisons with their family and friends about how and what their child’s teacher is providing as educational material.
We have also stepped back in time recreationally. As I walk my dog, I see more and more people walking their dog or just taking a walk to get some fresh air to break up the monotony of it all. I’ve been walking for years and I always comment how sad it is that you don’t see any kids playing outside or doing any of the outdoor activities I did when I was a kid. Now I’m seeing other walkers, including whole families take a stroll around the block. More and more people are walking their dogs, and I’ve seen a few bike riders too. A couple of kids were shooting a basketball in front of their house and even skateboarding.
Puzzles and board games are making a comeback from what I’ve seen on Facebook. I ordered myself 1,000 piece puzzle that’s coming from Amazon today. Puzzles and games also remind me of my childhood. My mother played Candyland and Monopoly with me all time. My father was always up for a good card game.
The funniest thing I’ve seen is a lot of my friends have started cooking, something they pretty much never do. I’ve seen post after post showing these great dinners and desserts that are being made. Most of these women never cook and are feeling quite accomplished.
All these culture changes are great, but it’s going to come a time, sooner than later when people are going to want to get out and do more. We all want to do our part when it comes to social distancing, and Americans always pull together during hard times. Unfortunately, at some point we are going to get like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day and long for our busy and hectic lives of old.