Parents are tweeting about their struggles with social distancing and it’s relatable AF
The coronavirus has changed nearly everything about our day-to-day lives. Weddings and other events have been cancelled or postponed. People who never dreamed they’d be able to work from home are now forced to (and forced to endure awkward conference calls that include seeing their coworkers’ homes, something none of us signed up for). And there may be no one feeling the pain of social distancing quite like parents, who are now expected to homeschool their increasingly antsy, trapped-at-home-for-the-entire-foreseeable-future kids. Luckily, many of them are tweeting about it, which means if you’re feeling the pains of quarantining alongside your kids, you’re very much not alone, and you can find solidarity in all these tweets.
First, there are the parents who are struggling with homeschooling while social distancing, as anyone would.
Our homeschool curriculum includes my lecture series entitled “Yes You Still Have to Brush Your Teeth Even Though We Aren’t Going Anywhere”
— AsKateWouldHaveIt (@KateWouldHaveIt) March 18, 2020
I finally have this homeschool schedule figured out:
8 a.m.: Breakfast and not sure what to do next.
9 a.m.: Print online worksheets I’m really not sure about.
Noon: Unstructured “boredom” time to stimulate creativity.
3 p.m.: Fresh air. Survive.
5 p.m.: Beer’O’Clock
— Goldfish and Chicken Nuggets (@gfishandnuggets) March 18, 2020
I dont know what everyone is complaining about – this *homeschool thing is a breeze.
*kids all still sleeping
— Divergent Mama (@Divergentmama) March 17, 2020
Add in work on top of it, and you have a lot of parents who are extra grateful for understanding bosses during the age of social distancing.
Boss: I need you to-
[4 kids run by: one on fire, one naked, 2 in ski masks and capes]
Boss: Never mind
— Rodney Lacroix (@RodLacroix) March 18, 2020
My kids are wrestling in the room, letting loose bloodcurdling screams every 5 minutes. My 9yo refuses to do any reading, my 4yo wants food we don't have, and the best I can offer is a 15 minute dance party in between work calls. Fuck you & your color-coded home-school schedules!
— Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) March 16, 2020
Parents everywhere are now learning that it’s truly always 5 o’clock somewhere.
Teachers, many of you have posted that I could come to you for help. Thank you! I’m trying to figure out the perfect home school schedule and I need advice. What time should I pencil in my first martini, is it usually before or after morning snack?
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) March 17, 2020
me: you need to go wash your hands
son: because of the virus?
me: your hands are literally wedged inside your own butt right now
— Henpecked Hal (@HenpeckedHal) March 17, 2020
The parents who are just now learning the true limits to how much their kids can eat in a day are relatable AF.
Hard to imagine how my kids were ever able to survive regular school days without 23 snacks.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) March 20, 2020
As are the parents who have learned, via social distancing, that they should take some extra time to thank their kids’ teachers for all that they do.
Check on your friends stuck in quarantine with kids that never stop talking.
We are NOT ok.
— MomTransparenting (@momtransparent1) March 22, 2020
Me: wanna hear a joke?
Me: knock knock : )
Me: knock knock.
Me: you’re supposed to say who’s there.
Daughter: I don’t care who’s there I’m not opening the door during a pandemic.
— Oops!…I Dad It Again (@NewDadNotes) March 21, 2020
Like, seriously — counting the minutes until those saintly teachers can take over again.
I’m wondering how long this home school thing will go. Like, will I have to teach my kids med school?
— Julius Sharpe (@juliussharpe) March 18, 2020
Truly, we’re all feeling the pressure of being cooped up a little too long, but for parents, there’s just another layer of struggle added to this whole social distancing thing. Check on the parents in your life, because chances are, they are extremely not OK.
My son chose a REALLY CONVENIENT TIME to decide that “All Star” by Smash Mouth is not only his favorite song, but the ONLY song he is willing to listen to.
— John Kinnear (@askdadblog) March 23, 2020
Parent: What kind of tablet would you recommend as suitable for kids?
Me: Probably benadryl, valium if you're desperate. Any sedative will do in a pinch though.
Parent: I meant computer tablet.
— Jack's Dad (@DaddingAround) March 19, 2020
At the end of the (long, long) day, social distancing is the best shot we have at slowing down the coronavirus and saving lives. And at least we know we’re all in it together.
Its nice to know that even in the most uncertain of times, my son can FaceTime his friends and talk about diarrhea.
— Emily McCombs (@msemilymccombs) March 18, 2020