Experts are now naming some of our most precious and vulnerable, those growing up in the COVID environment, as Gen C.
Critical periods of childhood development occurring among fearful masked faces, missed birthday parties and graduations, no school and no play dates is expected to have an effect comparable to that experienced by the children of Katrina and The Great Depression.
Those who cornered homeschool parents with the protest, “What about socialization?” are now forced overnight to answer that question themselves. Most parents are homeschoolers now, at least partially.
We can only hope that resourceful use of technology and human ingenuity will accommodate for the loss of normality in positive ways.
As parents, we should be particularly mindful in seeking ways to keep our children engaged and prepared to pivot.
Everyone agreed that we need to keep a close eye on what's happening to kids -- and that children born during the pandemic and living through major developmental milestones right now are an important part of this generation. "The first 1,000 days are so critical in development," says Jennifer Requejo, a senior adviser for health and HIV at UNICEF. "While countries are focusing on a response to this pandemic, it's important they don't lose sight of these vulnerable time periods in children's lives. There are some very important issues that can't be set aside."