Local Parents Share Mixed Emotions As Kids Return To School Full-Time
It's been a whole year since the world was rocked with a shutdown that turned our lives upside down. Today our children return to a new normal and everyone has their thoughts.
Angel here and I have to be completely honest and say I have mixed emotions but the main one I feel is uncertain excitement. I have four kids attending public school and they have been ready for a long time.
Each one of my children has a different personality but they are all super social in their own way. For the most part, they adapted better than I expected but still having to learn at home was not for them.
It was like caging a wild animal. Especially for my middle son, Braden. I watched him slowly decline. Not just in school but mentally, emotionally, and physically. It is almost like he just gave up. He is quite possibly my most social of the four kids. He loves people and most of all he loves his friends and getting out and about. His life was ripped away from him and even though he is 15 and capable of understanding he couldn't grasp it. I am not sure he could have taken much more of virtual. So I am praising God for the return for him especially.
To be honest I would have sent just him back to school full-time at the beginning of the year and risked a sickness because watching his mental health decline has been gut-wrenching. I have seen him cry more this year than in his whole life. He has been angry and withdrawn and not the happy young man I knew before March 2020.
This momma is selfishly cheering as my children walk out the door this morning into the unknown. I will take a mask over a mental breakdown any day. Give me social distancing so my babies can have some type of social interaction.
Since I started working at the station I don't get to see my kids like I used to. I don't get to wake up with them so having the opportunity to be a part of their school day and see them sooner than later afternoon was really nice. I'll miss coming home in the mornings and hugging them after the show.
Now, let me say this we all feel differently. Some parents are not ready for the world to open back up and guess what that is perfectly okay too. To each his own. We all know our own children.
Mine babies ready to return to normal in any way possible. I asked several parents to weigh in and give their thoughts on the kids returning to school here is what they said:
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