2020 might go down in history as the strangest year ever! I’m sure previous generations would have something to say about that. Post either of the world wars? Post the industrial evolution? Post the demolition of the Berlin wall? Many moments in history but for us living in 2020 it might be the weirdest season of our lives.
As I’ve been watching the ‘back to school’ social media comments I’m saddened by some of the themes coming out. People judging others, blaming others for the decisions they’ve had to make in a no-win situation, cynicism and pulling others down. Don’t get me wrong it is a very hard time and living in the world of vulnerable children and young people I’m confronted daily with the impact of the decisions’ others make.
There was a thread yesterday on Twitter from Headteachers about the lack of support they are feeling from governors and parents. As a parent, I totally understand the anxiety and stress we may be feeling in regards to our children at the moment, but I can’t imagine what being in a school and having to keep our children safe is like.
My plea is that we might find a bit of gratitude to show to those who are battling in a very difficult situation. As part of my adopters’ support group we constantly try to come back to gratitude for the things that help us and for the small acts of kindness we see around us. If we didn’t, we might crumble under the weight of the overwhelming challenges our families face.
So, today I want to say THANK YOU to all those who are doing their very best right now to keep things going and to enhance our children’s health and education. The mental health issues that are coming out of this time are immense. Thank you for your commitment to meet the needs of our children as best as you can right now. Please know that what you are doing is making a difference. Every family you try to support and bring those children back to the routine of school will feel the benefit of what you’re doing.
Also, I want to say THANK YOU to those parents struggling to create an environment for children to heal. It is so incredibly difficult at times to do this, and a thankless task sometimes. I hope that you will see the impact you have on your children and find the support needed to carry on.
Finally, THANK YOU to those who support our families in raising our children. The youth workers, children’s workers, family members, friends, churches, community groups, charities. So many people are invested in making children and young peoples’ lives better.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.