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COVID Kids: What If?

If you're a parent who has desperately been trying to help your kids keep up with schoolwork, all while maintaining your house, maybe your own work-from-home schedule, cooking....and on and on....there is no doubt that it can make you worry that they may be falling behind. We worry because they're not interacting socially like they used to, or participating in extra-curricular activities. How will this affect them in the long-term?

Recently, Jerry Woods shared a piece he received from his wife, who is a substitute teacher. And it offers an alternative possibility to this situation we're in. And it simply asks, "What If?" 

Here's the full transcript so you can pass it onto other parents you may know you need this right now:

COVID-19 Kids – What If?

When people say kids are going to be ‘behind’ I say, behind what?? Not each other- they’re all in the same boat. Only ‘behind’ the age expectations of a curriculum that currently has limited context due to these extraordinary circumstances. In front on so many other more important things.
What if instead of “behind” this group of kids is advanced because of this.
What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing.
What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard and sitting near a window in the quiet?
What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge, and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?
What if this generation is the one to learn to cook, organize their space, do their laundry, and keep a well-run home?
What if they learn to stretch a dollar and to live with less?
What if they learn to plan shopping trips and meals at home?
What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of the everyday?
What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and health care workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?
What if among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life, who has a fine sense of empathy and care and concern for fellow humans.
What if he or she truly learns what really matters...