A Project for Better Journalism chapter

The Covid Drone has Worn Out Parents to the Bone


As‌ ‌the‌ ‌day‌ ‌came‌ ‌to‌ ‌an‌ ‌end,‌ ‌computers‌ ‌around‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌shut‌ ‌down,‌ ‌leaving‌ ‌tired‌ ‌parents‌ ‌and‌ ‌guardians‌ ‌to‌ ‌go‌ ‌about‌ ‌their‌ ‌evenings‌ ‌feeling‌ ‌stressed.‌ ‌Finishing‌ ‌dinner,‌ ‌cleaning‌ ‌up,‌ ‌and‌ ‌taking‌ ‌care‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌kids‌ ‌are‌ ‌all‌ ‌chores‌ ‌left‌ ‌to‌ ‌them ‌as‌ ‌everyone‌ ‌tires‌ ‌down‌ ‌to‌ ‌go‌ ‌to‌‌ bed.‌  ‌Now,‌ ‌with‌ ‌COVID,‌ ‌they‌ ‌have‌ ‌twice‌ ‌as‌ ‌much‌ ‌work,‌ ‌leaving‌ ‌them‌ ‌with‌ ‌varying‌ ‌opinions‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌issue.‌ ‌

Some parents are more concerned about how this will affect their children. “School is important for children to learn social cues with hands-on learning. While being at home is keeping students safe it stays stressful balancing school and work. Not to mention the lack of going to parks or playing sports that causes built-up energy leading to rowdiness and distractions,”  Freshman Alexa Kachanuk said on behalf of her mother. Even though safety measures have been put in place COVID cases have continued to rise, leaving parents with a reason to be worried in regards to their children and their health.

 However, some people still seem to be skeptical of this recent virus. With the media suddenly blowing up with theories about the illness it can be hard to figure out which one to believe. “I think COVID has been blown out of proportion by the media and the far left. It was used for political strategy and I don’t think it should be a cause for concern as it isn’t as bad as people make it out to be, ” Barry Goldwater’s parent Laura Mara said. While more information becomes known parents and families are left with new things to be wary of.

As this continues more stress is put on guardians’ jobs, making it more difficult to provide for their families. “COVID definitely hasn’t been very helpful- not only am I having trouble completing my holiday shopping but also affording it with the sudden lack of people inquiring about having a job done,” said Greenway parent Justin Burrage. For many families, their main worry is being able to successfully support their families, which has been made much less simple in the past months.

People outside of teaching don’t appear to be the only ones struggling, as it appears people within the teaching industry are having a hard time with this as well. “COVID has made teaching much more difficult for me. I’ve taught in person for so many years that this is a big change. I teach because I really do love teenagers and it has been much more difficult trying to get to know them through a computer. Not only that, but I miss working with the other teachers, because not many are in my department, and those that are I still don’t see often,”  Biology teacher and Greenway parent Loraine Walth said. Families across all occupations have been left worried about how they will adapt. 

In conclusion, focus on how people around you are reacting to the current situation and try to find ways to help. As cases continue to increase and people are left feeling helpless the least we can do for them is try to make their jobs easier. So in these difficult months, try to find easy ways to lighten the stress on your parents and families, and find safe ways to check in with them and make sure they’re doing well.