Our 4 year old is handling this way fucking better than I am, to be perfectly frank. Every couple of days he lets me know "When coronavirus is done going around, we should have a party and invite..." and then he lists basically every family member he can remember. Meanwhile, I am losing my shit because there seems to be no end in sight, and the only things I hear are about "reopening society", except people keep fucking dying, so maybe we back off all that horseshit for a while, eh? And fuck, I live in California, where I thought more folks would be of my same mind!! Whatever, I just need to be more like the little one. Read less news, smoke more dope, that has been my coping mechanism. It hella works, everyone should try it.
His school is going really well, although he goes to a private preschool, so we aren't getting the same kind of support that we would from a school district, his teacher is the shit, and has been banging out circle time videos every day for him to do, and she hooked us up with a bunch of sensory-type projects and whatnot like a month ago. Between those things, and our internet searches to find workbooks and learning projects and whatnot, we feel like the education is happening just like it should, but we feel bad that the social aspect of going to school and seeing your friends every day is gone.
I feel like our oldest (almost 11, finishing 5th grade) is really lacking in support from his teacher. I have had a few conversations with other parents, and their experience is vastly different with their children's educators. Lots of contact via videoconferencing, emails to go over what is being learned. We don't really have any issue with it because he is such fantastic student and a voracious reader and learner in other ways, but it is disheartening to see this person tasked with the bulk of my child's book-y type education have so little concern for the people in her class.
I have been bad about the PE thing for the last few days, because every time the boys and I would go outside so we could play catch, or skate or ride bikes, every kid on the block is looking out the window to try to be out and about together. I have made my feelings known to the parents of these children, but no one seems to give a fuck that I want to keep our households as distant as possible. So to combat that fact, I've been slacking on just letting them go out front. We will take walks at night so the dogs can also get out, but I feel like I'm being a tyrant because I keep on stopping them from good times with their buddies in the neighborhood. However, my wife is a straight up gangster that knew how bothered I am by all that, and she ordered a 14 foot trampoline for our backyard. So we got that setup on Saturday, and the kids have gotten to be outside and active in a way that keeps people the fuck away from us. Thank fuck I have a partner that understands my dumb brain and how to help it be less twisted into knots.