Some parents are understandably concerned about their kids falling behind due to the disruptions and different delivery formats of schooling during COVID-19. We’re all wading through unknown territory and trying to make the most of the situation we’re in. But what if this situation isn’t a disadvantage for our kids, but rather an advantage? What if while missing a lesson in school, they’re gaining a lesson in life?
What if they have a new appreciation for their teachers and the opportunity to go to school when schools reopen as normal? What if they develop a sense of independence, autonomy and ownership of their education?
What if they feel more gratitude to live in the country we live in and this beautiful region we call home?
What if this generation learns to cook meals from scratch, learns to mow the lawns, pick veggies in the garden, bake grandma’s family recipe for scones or how to run a household and contribute to chores?
What if our kids learn to delight in the simple things in life? Family time, sunshine, a gentle breeze, diving into the pool, reading a book, connecting with family and acts of kindness.
And when playgrounds, parks and shops open again, perhaps our kids will have a newfound sense of gratitude for all of these things. When we can hug our friends and kiss our grandparents, perhaps they’ll have a new appreciation for these gestures?
Our kids may be in a unique time in our history, but it may not be a disadvantage at all. Perhaps it will be one of their life’s greatest lessons. And one of ours too.
Read more about searching for the silver linings in the midst of this pandemic here.
Stephanie Meekings is a Digital Media Officer at Cairns Catholic Education