Coronavirus has made the world a scary place; can you imagine how scary this feels to our children? And yet, our children are emerging as heroes every day because they lead the way with kindness and rainbows.
We ask children to stay indoors, be away from their friends and family for weeks at a time when even a day is a long time in a child’s life. However, they stay away and draw and paint rainbows because they know they will make us feel better; regardless of how children feel, they inherently want to help others.
To me, children are the real heroes of the Coronavirus pandemic. For adults, the joy of visiting family and friends is gone, and hugs and cuddles are a pleasure now denied, and it hurts; it hurts like no pain ever described.
We are guided by an army of angels, our children.
Children have adapted to the changes that the Coronavirus pandemic has brought with it with a quiet acceptance. Our children don’t question; they simply paint rainbow pictures to cheer everyone up to put in their windows.
These angels stand outside with us to clap and cheer for keyworkers, our NHS and everyone who cares for poorly people. Thus, to me, children are our heroes.
They are an army of little angels who guide with an inherent empathy, a sense of understanding that something big is happening; ultimately, they know if they listen and do as told, it will get better again.
Sadly, if adults had adopted the same attitude as our children then, maybe, we could have ridden this storm much quicker. Unfortunately, many didn’t listen; their Russian roulette attitude to life has now fired a bullet that we cannot dodge.
Our pain is felt by children, too; where are all the adults?
Children’s world has changed overnight; where have all the parties gone? What happened to the world they knew and belonged to? Why is it just Mummy or Daddy, or Grandma, or Foster parents or whoever is caring for them?
The pandemic has brought considerable changes to a child because their world isn’t about what they do; it’s the people they love that they trust.
Suddenly, the people they love have gone apart from a video link, and sadly, separation anxiety manifests itself.
As adults, we have to help children understand they are now in a challenging grieving process, which worsens because their other comfort blanket of friends and school has gone.
Video links do not replace hugs or the familiarity of a smell attached to someone they trust, and for children, they are the big things in life.
Children in care; which hero will care for them?
What about the children who are in care who don’t have families or parents to protect them? Who shows them that it’s going to be okay; how do they know how to make things right?
Furthermore, who will teach them about the power of rainbows to make things better? There are thousands of children in care who need Foster carers to give them safe and loving homes. They need people who will offer kindness and compassion to make children feel valued.
And more importantly, children in care need heroes to make them feel protected too.
‘Thank you to the Mummies, Daddies, grandparents, foster parent and everyone who cares for our children in keeping them safe.’
Not being able to see our children and not cuddling them is hard. Like many other Nana’s, my grandchildren have to stay away, and now I am in a world where their bonkers stories are my most fantastic treat, and giving sweets that Mummy and Daddy don’t need to know about is gone for now.
I am blessed to have a loving family with grandchildren who have a safe and loving home; thankfully, they are blessed with parents who love them and understand the power of rainbows.
More importantly, they love them unconditionally; sadly, some children don’t have these heroes; they are not that lucky.
Thank you to the care workers who look after children in care; you are heroes.
The fantastic care workers looking after children in care will often go home and cry. They cry tears of frustration because they have a bond that grows; consequently, they hate leaving the children behind.
Many residential care workers become foster carers; they know the difference between children having a home or residential care.
Care workers who support children in residential homes know they need stability with a family or foster carers. These children need peace in homes where they feel safe and wanted; sadly, it’s often the first time they have peace without being attached to abuse.
Many children in care wait for people to give them a much-needed sense of belonging that has eluded them before.
These people are foster carers; they understand and know how to make things better simply by themselves.
Our children are the heroes of the future.
Our children are our heroes, they are our future, and we owe it to them to get this right. The TV shows death and fear with relentless news streams that give updates on the Coronavirus.
If this is frightening to us as adults, can you imagine what a child is making of this?
The biggest thank you for me is our children; thank you for just being you and helping us see the world in the simple way you do. Thank you for accepting change because things aren’t normal now, and we truly understand that your normal has many layers!
Finally, we know the importance of routine for some children. Their everyday lives often depend on normal, especially for children with additional needs; subsequently, your total trust in us is humbling.
Children have shown us how to care by painting pictures of rainbows that have the power to make us feel happy and special. Thankfully, the simplicity of a world of a child has no barriers when it comes to love.
They do what they do because they trust us; sadly, this trust is often not deserved. Yet, children keep on trusting us, and their kindness now guides us forward.
Now, we wait to be guided; the playgrounds are closed, and the parties are gone. Thus, sweeties are back in cupboards, and we wait patiently for play and cuddles.
Thank you for teaching us to be kind again.
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought many people to view the world with kinder eyes and compassion for our neighbours.
Sadly, these neighbours, their families and their children may have lived side by side with us for years, yet we barely know who they are.
Hopefully, moving ahead to whatever the future holds, we will continue to keep an eye out more for each other and worry less about what we know now are the unimportant things in life.
Verve Recruitment is not a fostering agency; we recruit exclusively for Not for Profit charities, and our recruitment process is now adapted to meet the limiting environment we have. Coronavirus won’t stop us from recruiting because every child deserves a safe and loving home in a place they belong; have you got compassion and love to change a child’s life?
Please contact Verve on the form below if you would like to have a chat about fostering with a Not for Profit Charity. We will get back to you within 24 hours and arrange a call when it is convenient for you.
Our children, throughout this pandemic, have been awesome and inspirational; we owe it to them to become awesome and inspirational back. Can you foster?