What worries me is the impact the last year has had on their social life, their mental health and their need to be heard. And that’s without saying anything about kids who are not safe — physically, emotionally, psychologically — at home and who desperately need more time at school, in the care of kind adults. The fact that nobody speaks for these children doesn’t mean we’re allowed to forget them.
We adults are pretty good at expressing ourselves. But have you noticed kids have just been made to go along with rules that keep changing and online instruction for which they are not naturally gifted while stuck at home with siblings and no friends? Do we let them talk about how they’re feeling at all? And when they talk anyway, do we listen?
Kids aren’t dumb, you know. They understand perfectly well that adults haven’t got a sweet clue how to wrestle this microscopic enemy. Somehow, they put up with our inability to end the crisis. I’m not sure Teenager Me would have been this patient.
We should have schools open for March Break and use that week as a mental-health break for kids. A week during which they go to school like normal, but instead of trying to learn something, they get to chill, play games, talk or express themselves using art or music or anything else they come up with.
Families who wish to do something else could keep their kids at home. There could be a directive that while schools are open, anyone can opt out if they want. But for all the families dreading another week of parents trying to work while keeping their darlings from strangling one another over the PS4, this kind of break-in-school would provide much -needed relief.
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