Can you believe it already mid-September? This isn't the back-to-school season any of us thought we would have, we're busy making appointments for flu shots and there has been a lot of hard to hear news this week. Our kids are adjusting and so are we and we're heading into a stressful election season.
So let's take a break and take a look at some of the good news stories going viral this week.
This 5-year-old who is already over virtual school is all of us
Most kids only started logging on for remote school a few weeks or a few days ago, and already they have had it (and so have parents). Virtual learning has been rough, in part because it takes one of the best parts of school away from kids: seeing their friends. But it's also frustrating for a lot of younger children, who don't have much experience using technology, and for kids who have trouble focusing for extended periods of time. Mom of three, Kara McDowell, from Mesa, Arizona, perfectly captured the struggle in a now-viral photo of her 5-year-old son Graham. The photo, which McDowell snapped on Graham's third day of school in early August, shows him lying across his chair with his head dangling off the side. She shared the photo on Twitter with the caption "My Kindergartner on a 40 minute video call is a total mood." The tweet has almost 9,000 retweets and more than 58,000 likes. "Everyone thought it was funny," McDowell told Good Morning America . "I think if you're in school or working from home and doing anything over a long video, call you can relate to being totally over it." Graham attends virtual school full-time, from 8 am to 1:20 pm. McDowell added in a later Twitter reply that, according to the official schedule sent home by the teacher, Graham is supposed to be online with no breaks from 8 am until 9:45 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, he doesn't get a break until 10:05 am. Parents responded with laughs and horror, because who can realistically keep a 5-year-old sitting in front of a screen for that long? Parents and other Twitter users loved the tweet (or hated it?) for how relatable it was. One parent wrote , "I am experiencing this right this second with a third grader. And today's only a half-day." Another said "This NEEDS to be a 2020 meme." One thanked McDowell for sharing the image, writing alongside a crying emoji, "I always feel like a failure of a mom when my kindergartner shuts down during virtual class!!" To which McDowell responded , "NOOOO! This is no one's fault!!! It's a terrible situation without a good solution!" Though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that students return to school in-person for the fall, many schools offered a virtual option. Others reopened only to have to close and move to remote learning after a spike in coronavirus cases. It's been tough for parents, teachers, and kids, and photos like McDowell's capture that. She shared another tweet after the first one went viral with another photo of Graham smiling and holding a stuffed animal up in front of the screen. "I've gotta say, teachers are trying their best!" she wrote. "For balance, here's another pic from the same day. My Kindergartner happily sharing his stuffed animal during show and tell." Remote learning hasn't been easy, and it probably won't get any easier, but everyone—including and especially kids— are trying their best.
My Kindergartner on a 40 minute video call is a total mood. https://t.co/WE2RHoFZhM— Kara McDowell⚓Pre-order THIS MIGHT GET AWKWARD (@karajmcdowell) 1596814838.0