40. The positive impact of the coronavirus lockdown on (some) family lives

There is at least one thing that must be said about this lockdown, as a positive. Most parents know that, once their children become teenagers, most of them will disappear into their own world, limiting contact with their family as much as possible. The thought of being seen walking with their parents is, to teenagers, tantamount to social scorn and exclusion. But coronavirus has changed this. What really catches the eye when out at the moment is seeing 16 year olds walking in the countryside with their parents, with a smile on their faces. And parents smiling too! Both sides communicating, actually talking to each other, whilst exercising together. I never thought I would see the day, and I would not have expected a global pandemic to be that powerful. Will some of this remain, once normality is resumed? That would be a huge positive change, both groups understanding that there is more to intergenerational communication than homework and house chores, that it can be enriching and fun

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Agustin Barba said…
Indeed, this new forced relationship between parents and children is fantastic, sometimes...
From my point of view, the new situation is way more natural than the "previous normality". If you think of it, the weird thing is parking a 2 years old child in a kindergarten with a bunch of strangers for some hours while you attend your daily tasks.
But keeping your productivity while you are father, teacher, housekeeper and a concerned citizen in the same time frame is way more challenging than it could seem at first sight. And that is particularly intense when you have small children or babies. In that case, it becomes a matter of survival by avoiding a heart attack...
SantiDominguezV said…
I wish you the best of luck with the last endeavour... And yes, I agree that the challenges posed by small children are completely different to those posed by teenagers, but you are also right that the improvements are not only with teenagers, but also with smaller children by bringing the family closer together. I have even seen cases of fully grown up adults moving with their parents or bringing parents into their house, which could also be positive in cementing intergenerational relationships which can strengthen both families and communities... These are interesting developments and i wonder whether any of this will survive post lockdown.

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