Category: "Parenting"

I, We, Community

I, We, Community

The following comment was made on Facebook by Alex Shapiro. I have no idea who he is, but I couldn't help responding, so I share with you:

My favorite part about the Coronavirus school closures is the extreme panic from communities and parents. “Where will kids eat?” “How will I provide child care?” “How will my kids socialize and see other people?” “How will I maintain a normal life and work routine?”

So go ahead and remember this. Schools provide much more than an education, they literally become a second home for so, so many kids. They are the first lifeline in a time of crisis for families. They give essential services to communities in need. They are a safe space and a shelter (literally) on a near daily basis.

So let's go ahead and think about this next time you vote to underfund them.

Not to sound too heartless here, but these are the kind of questions people should have sorted before they choose to be parents. Here are some answers:

  1. They will eat at your table.
  2. Maybe a “we” should provide child care—let's call it parenting—instead of an I. Part of the evolution of human pair-bonding (traditional marriage?) is that parenting becomes a team sport.
  3. You, or your community, will come together to parent your child/ren.
  4. Your kids will go out and play, unsupervised. Maybe hand them a ball and some chalk and send them out to the street or playground.
  5. Normal? Who knows what the new normal will be?

Your questions are “I” based, but then you talk about “communities in need.” Maybe different answers/novel solutions will come when the communities in need act as communities in addressing their needs.