Diary of a New Normal – Day 5 in Coronavirus Optional Quarantine

My observations and thoughts living in the age of Corona Virus:

1. People are generally falling into three camps (or a combination of the three, based on the hour or day):

  • Optimistic – Looking for the opportunities this quarantine creates and ways to cope in a positive light
  • Attacking – attacking others’ choices, or the government, or whomever
  • Making Jokes – funny or sarcastic memes about the state of the world

2. More and more people are looking to connect on social media. I had sworn off Facebook but find myself spending a lot of time scanning, reacting, and commenting on posts. Looking for connection where I see it.

3. Tensions are running high at home. My kids are like a tea pot about to boil. The slightest thing sets them off. So far, online schooling has taken 20-50% longer than when they were in school.

The status quo appears for teachers to assign a lot of work…better to have too much, than not enough. But at least for our kids, who are the perverbial perfectionists and over-achievers, this means high stress, many breakdowns and spending WAY too much time on their computers, not interacting with others or getting exercise.

4. I don’t have a way to help my daughter, who has dyslexia and anxiety, cope or function in this new reality. There’s no accounting for her challenges. There’s more reading and writing than in a regular class room. I’m hoping schools and teachers get creative and post lectures that are videos, or do a video chat, or have them look at slides rather than read an article or 10 and write 3 paragraphs on what your thoughts are. I hope they can turn in their work by doing a video, drawing something, or submitting an audio file, so that those who have reading and writing challenges can stay caught up and feel successful.

About mdesmarteau

Leader. Collaborator. Creator. Problem Solver. Encourager. Advocate. Writer. Wife. Mother. Friend.
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