How has your children’s mental health been impacted by the pandemic?: "I felt so happy that the impacts to my three children during the first two lockdowns of the pandemic had been minimal, but have had my eyes well and truly opened during this current lockdown. My 9yr old has struggled the most this lockdown, really suffering from the effects of loneliness and isolation. About 3 weeks into January, she broke down in a helpless state of tears and my heart broke seeing this. She's a very academic student, who enjoys the structure of school, needing minimal input from anyone else with regards to school work, but she struggled massively with effectively learning in isolation. Although I think the school has been understanding of the difficulties for my 5yr old (no huge expectations and demands to submit work), I'm not sure the same can be said for my 9yr old. I haven't felt as though the teachers appreciated the severity of my child's low feelings. On that same note, I'm not overly confident with a "take it easy" back to school approach, and feel as though the expectations for kids to simply resume their previous positions (commitment to learning, etc) are unrealistic. My 15 yr old's school has been hit and miss with its support for home learning. She has completed the bare minimum of work, but doesn't seem to affected by this. I'm not bothered about academic abilities, I would love to see both schools implementing mental wellbeing support programmes and putting an emphasis on that rather than perceived missed learning."

Connie G
Mar 15, 2021

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