Being a Parent Just Got Harder


social distancing measures,

and a plethora of other smart family and community choices keep them safe.

If not for my kid,

or for your kid,

who might very well get coronavirus and be asymptomatic or only have mild symptoms,

then for your neighbor’s kid

or your sister’s

or your friend’s kid who has underlying health conditions

or for the mom who’s perfectly healthy child could end up on a ventilator because corona is so freaking random and terribly, her kid just happens to be that domino.

When all of these measures are put in place with zero regard for
how much it’s going to cost

a county school board

or a state

or even the federal government,

and it only costs each and every one of us the very incredibly minor inconvenience of wearing a piece of cloth with ear loops on our face, at the minimum, and maybe two shots in the arm, if were feeling gracious,

then I feel like that is something we can handle.

I feel like that’s something we should all want to handle, especially if it means that little Johnny and little Sally — whose parents both feel very differently about who should be president, which political party is really “for the people, ” and whether this virus is “real” — both get to keep on living.

As for those of you that don’t think covid is a real thing, or as big of a deal as I am clearly insinuating, I know you’ve probably stopped reading before this point anyway…

or maybe you’ve kept reading so that you can verbally attack me in the comments below…

or maybe you’ll just unfollow me…

but if I somehow managed to keep you reading, here’s why it’s real, and here’s why each of us making choices for the greater good matters:

Because kindness matters.

Because goodwill towards others matters.

Because helping your different-minded neighbor matters.

Because anything that can save a single life matters.

Being a parent just got harder because instead of just looking out for our own kids we’ve got to look out for all the children of the world.

It’s a big responsibility, and though none of us are looking for any more of those, this one has fallen into our laps and we need to treat it with the same care we give our own children when they climb in it.

Nicole Merritt
Nicole Merritt
Nicole Merritt is a mother of three, a freelance writer, co-host of I Am The Worst Parent Ever Podcast and the Owner and Founder of jthreeNMe; an imperfectly authentic peek at real-life marriage, parenting, and self-improvement. jthreeNMe is raw, honest, empowering, inspiring, and entertaining; it’s like chicken soup for those that are exhausted, over-stressed and under-inebriated, yet still utterly happy. Nicole's work has been featured by NBC's TODAY Show, Love What Matters, Scary Mommy, The Good Men Project, Elephant Journal, CafeMom, Popsugar, Motherly & many others. You can follow Nicole at and as @jthreeNMe on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram & Twitter!

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