From the Publisher
Can we talk about how Covid has impacted parents of young school-age children?
Everyone has been so focused on what our kids have missed out on, and they have missed a lot. But what about all the things we parents have missed?
When Alexis started kindergarten in 2020, we had a socially-distanced school orientation in which everyone wore a mask and didn’t interact with each other. Only I was allowed to go, so her dad missed the opportunity to meet her teacher, see her classroom, etc. The first day of school, she had to walk in by herself, a missed milestone that still makes me sad. There were no parent volunteer opportunities, and I had only one in-person parent-teacher conference. The only other time we were exposed to other parents was graduation day, but it, too, was set up in a way that did not promote interaction.
Add in the fact that there were no birthday parties or in-person events of any kind, and I haven’t made many mom friends. We lucked out and met one of Alexis’s friends and her parents at her birthday party, but the reality we’re living in hasn’t allowed us to further this potential friendship, and this year they aren’t in the same class.
Things aren’t much different now that Alexis is in first grade. I know the names of her classmates but not their faces and certainly not their parents. There have been some volunteer opportunities but always with a limited number of parent spots, and I haven’t been lucky enough to snag one.
The first few years of school are so important for our kids, but I didn’t realize how important it would be for me, too. Alexis has at least gotten to socialize and make her first friends. I, however, have missed out on forming relationships with her friends’ parents, and I feel cheated.
As a result, I’ve been feeling pretty isolated and kind of like I’m not meeting all the expectations that come along with motherhood. But it’s hard to plan a playdate when you don’t know any of your child’s friends.
To those of you who find yourself in the same boat as I’ve been rocking along in since spring of 2020, just know that it won’t always be like this. I can’t tell you when you’ll get to meet your kids’ school friends and form some parent friendships of your own, but that day will come eventually.
In the meantime, I hope our annual Education Issue helps you make the best decisions for your child’s learning needs. You’ll find information on area schools, tutoring services, speech therapy and more in our Education Resource Guide. This month’s feature stories focus on making the right private school choice and games for spelling and reading comprehension.
I wish you and your family all the best as we enter 2022. And who knows? Maybe we’ll finally get to meet our kids’ classmates.
Happy New Year!