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How are your children handling the pandemic? Are you seeing behavioral changes? Are you a caregiver? What is it like taking care of vulnerable populations? Did you have a baby during the pandemic? Continue this discussion on the FAMILY LIFE FORUM.

Jennifer
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Michigan

"It's the little people who are the ones taking on some of the added stresses."

I would like to see us asking more: How do the kids feel? How is this all affecting them personally, emotionally? Are they OK? I mean that because as adults, we can process these things differently. Do they even want to go back to school? Do they feel safe going back to school? Those are questions that I ask my students. Are you guys OK? Are you guys having a fun day today? I think those are important questions to ask because sometimes we forget that it’s the little people who are the ones they’re taking on some of the added stresses and not necessarily knowing how to communicate those stresses. And a lot of times you can see that in behavioral issues.

Rebecca
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California

"For all intents and purposes, we are fighting for women, families and people to be able to have that home work balance. Yet with everything today, our own employees are in a very difficult situation on all fronts."

My daughter’s going to be two in October and she’s not able to go to daycare because I’m pregnant and now I’m compromised. My husband is working full time. I’m working full time. Then we have a really rambunctious young child running around who’s now experiencing social anxiety because she’s been in the house for six months and has not seen her friends or her teachers. 

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Tara
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Virginia

"I never thought that my baby would be almost six months old and would still not have met his grandfather."

We had no idea that he was going to come five weeks early. We were barely prepared and ready. I had actually just scheduled my C-section earlier that day. Then 10 hours later, I went into labor. He was seven pounds, two ounces. He was huge for a five week early baby.

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Jenny
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Colorado

"I think there may have been a push by doctors to induce a week early."

My son’s actual due date was April 16th. My original plan was to go into labor naturally. When the pandemic hit, I just wanted to have him as soon as safely possible. So I asked my doctor “What can I do to bump this up? How safe is it at 37, or 38 weeks?” They said 39 weeks was full term. So I asked them to induce me at 39 weeks to the day, as soon as they could because the case numbers were just climbing and climbing and I was just getting more and more scared.

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Nicole
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Michigan

"I actually had to argue with a staff member at this hospital. She tried to tell me that I couldn't have my husband there."

It was a bit taxing mentally towards towards the end of my pregnancy just because I was having complications and my doctor wanted me to go to three different places for ultrasounds. So I kept having to balance my need to go with not wanting to go out and potentially get exposed to the virus.

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Victoria
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Michigan

"Just to see him light up again about interacting with other kids just sets your heart out to know that this is really important. And to have that loss again for many months could be detrimental. "

The social emotional aspect plays a bigger factor in it. My daughter, she’s pretty advanced in her schooling. So there’s state testing three times a year, she’s always been high or above average on all of her stuff. So I’m not really concerned about her. But my son, he started kindergarten. Boys in general, for writing and reading, it’s more difficult for them to pick up on even in the grade that I teach, fifth grade. You still see it as a struggle for most boys. And so that’s my concern. He’s learning to read and he’s learning to write and he’s missing that. He missed three months of kindergarten where those skills were really starting to be developed and honed . Even at home, being a teacher myself, and trying to get him to sit down and write with me, it’s like ripping teeth out. It’s like, come on, buddy, just two words. Can you give me two words?

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