My daughter Meghan recently interviewed her 4.5 year-old about the corona virus. I found her responses so interesting as they gave me a little insight into what these kids are thinking since their world was turned upside down. I sent the questions to my older daughter and several nieces.
1. What is the Coronavirus? We can’t go in anyone’s house
2. Who is the president? I don’t know
3. How many days have we been in home? All the days
4. Do you want to go back to school? No, just gymnastics
5. Who is the first person you are going to hug? Omi! (Thanks, Kid!! I love you too!)
6. Where is the first place you want to go when the virus leaves? To Omi’s house
7. What do you think we can do to get rid of the corona virus? I don’t know!
8.Is mama a good teacher? Uh huh!
9. How did the Coronavirus start? From other people!
10. If you had to wear protective clothing to help you, what would it be? Face masks!
11. Are you enjoying being home? Uh huh! A little bit, I like being at gymnastics.
My niece Angie reported the following about her 4.5 year-old Maya: “I realized this week that Maya doesn’t know what Coronavirus is. She is an introvert so she just thinks she won the battle to stay home from preschool.” 😂
My niece Meghan interviewed her three kids. Twins, Maddy and Miles, and older brother Benjamin.
Maddy, I’m with you! I’ll check on Amazon to see if I can find a magic unicorn to make the Corona Virus go away!!!!! Meghan, you’ve clearly raised some tactful kids – “You’re good with shapes!” “You try your best…”
My grandson Jack (age 6) shared his thoughts with his mom, Caitlin. Abe, who will be 3 in two weeks, was napping. He probably didn’t have much to say on the subject anyway!
- What is the Coronavirus? A virus that makes people sick.
2. Who is the president? Donald Trump. He’s mean and likes to cheat. (You may gather from the responses above that our family is not in love with the current administration.)
3. How many days have we been in home? 20 days
4. Do you want to go back to school? Yes. Because I like school and I like Mrs. Cameron (his Kindergarten teacher)
5. Who is the first person you are going to hug? Thatcher (his best friend)
6. Where is the first place you want to go when the virus leaves? Mexico (To clarify – Jack and his family have vacationed in Mexico several times. Pretty sure Jack isn’t planning to exit the country. His grandfather, Scott, on the other hand…)
7. What do you think we can do to get rid of the coronavirus? Not go too close to people because if we go too close to people it will spread.
8.Is mama a good teacher? Yes. Because she teaches me.
9. How did the Coronavirus start? Some people had it and the scientists didn’t think it was big so it started to spread and then we had to stay home and not go to school.
10. If you had to wear protective clothing to help you, what would it be? I don’t know…ohhhh masks.
11. Are you enjoying being home? Yes. Because I can relax after I do school work.
It’s been more than two months since these kids have been in school. Yesterday, Jack graduated from Kindergarten. It remains to be seen what Summer Vacation 2020 will look like. Camps? Summer School? Still quarantined at home? Whatever it is, I am confident that these children will weather “the storm.” Their parents are thoughtful and careful. As evidenced by their viewpoints, they are informed but not frightened. They feel loved and safe – a testament to their parents. They are strong and resilient children. They will be okay. And so will we.