The pandemic affects everyone — even cats and dogs that are clearly surprised at the change in routine.
Informing kids in a positive way can be difficult and challenging, says Lionel Hush, principal of Roosevelt Middle School in West Orange, New Jersey. Everyone’s home situation is different, and while some people are financially sound, hourly workers may not have the money rolling in. “For some parents, children knowing about their finances is the last thing some parents want,” Hush said.
“I think the big thing is to have age-appropriate conversations and be reassuring,” said Mays, who lives in San Diego.
Mays needed to chat with her kids, who range in age from 5 to 23, about the need to think more carefully about food. “You can’t just go into the pantry and have whatever you want,” Mays said. “We can’t just go to the store whenever we want.”