What Kids Need Most

Updated: Jan 5, 2021

Being a black mother during the pandemic has many challenges, including having to stay strong for everyone and sometimes having to take care of relatives with underlying conditions that have tested positive. Lack of childcare is also a burden for some moms since one in four women considered leaving the workforce or downshifting their careers since the pandemic, according to the annual Women in the Workplace study from LeanIn.org and consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Our hands are full as we learn to live in this prolonged season of Covid while trying to stay safe as well as keep our loved ones safe.

We are raising a generation of kids who have experienced social isolation for nine months. The disruptions of COVID -19 lockdowns, school closures, distance learning, and wearing a mask while enjoying simple pleasures outside can take a toll. Many kids haven’t seen their friends in months causing them to miss out on birthday parties, sports, and simple connections that were once the norm. Some kids could not celebrate their birthdays as they had imagined. Our children have been navigating disappointments and a new way of l