By Cindy Poluta, a radio sports anchor on both 947 and Talk Radio 702. She is also a mother of 2 girls age 9yrs old.During lockdown she stepped out of her comfort zone and started her own small business called Tree Sweets.
As a parent, I am exhausted – and the academic year hasn’t even started.
Do I have the strength, energy, patience and skills to get my child through another school year?
We need to stop calling it homeschooling.
Firstly, homeschooling is something parents choose. It’s a calm, organised, planned programme. What we’re doing is crisis-schooling. It’s thrown at us, and our children. And at any given moment we’re meant to just drop everything else, focus all our time on this, and apparently know how the heck to do it all.
I’m tired of whatsapp groups.
Aren’t you tired of the speculation about when/if the children will go back; how it will look; debates on what the school should or shouldn’t be doing.
Aren’t you tired of reading messages about someone’s friend who has a mom who is a teacher who is very close to the decision makers who says bleh bleh bleh.
Aren’t you tired of those people who have to be first to tell you the latest “oh my gosh guess what, this is the plan……”
School gives everyone the much needed break
And change of scenery. Even if it’s just for a few hours. But most of all I’m tired of breaking the news to my children – they can’t go back to school – and then watching them cry.
They’re missing their friends
They’re missing their teachers. They’re missing such a core part of their social development. My children recently told me to stop always trying to be positive, to stop trying to find the bright side, to stop trying to find solutions and just accept their childhood sucks and just say it sucks.
They’re missing all the fun stuff that goes with being at school
The stuff that distracts them from the world. School concerts, after school sport, market days, orientation days, going to the tuckshop, passing notes in class, civvies days, school dances, break time with friends, all of it. Might seem trivial for us as adults, given that we’re trying to survive in a pandemic.
And when they ask, “when will this be over?”
I’ve never lived through a pandemic. You’ve never lived through a pandemic.
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