No, Our Kids Are Not As Resilient As The Experts Said They’d Be
No, Our Kids Are Not As Resilient As The Experts Said They’d Be
Resilient. That’s the word that has been batted around for two years now. It’s the bludgeon our political betters, especially those who are “health experts,” have used to persuade America to mask up our kids, keep them away from their peers, shut down all school and extracurricular activities, and more.
Now, suddenly, those political and health experts are waking up to what they have wrought in the name of “science.” The U.S. Surgeon General published a 53 page report just a few days ago. There is much to absorb in it. However, the key is this. Our kids are NOT as resilient as we were told they’d be.
Since the pandemic began, rates of psychological distress among young people, including symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders, have increased. Recent research covering 80,000 youth globally found that depressive and anxiety symptoms doubled during the pandemic, with 25% of youth experiencing depressive symptoms and 20% experiencing anxiety symptoms.43 Negative emotions or behaviors such as impulsivity and irritability—associated with conditions such as ADHD— appear to have moderately increased. Early clinical data are also concerning: In early 2021, emergency department visits in the United States for suspected suicide attempts were 51% higher for adolescent girls and 4% higher for adolescent boys compared to the same time period in early 2019. Moreover, pandemic-related measures reduced in-person interactions among children, friends, social supports, and professionals such as teachers, school counselors, pediatricians, and child welfare workers. This made it harder to recognize signs of child abuse, mental health concerns, and other challenges.
Read those stats, and then read them again. The lockdowns are causing more harm than good! None of this is a shock to us here at Victory Girls. As our long-time readers know, we’ve been doing our damndest to shout it from the roof tops. The lockdown madness has harmed our kids and grandkids immeasurably. Kids who are on the spectrum have regressed. Kids aren’t handling isolation well. The mental health issues that have and are manifesting itself with our kids of all ages is alarming, yet it’s taken over two years for experts to get a fucking clue!
This is what the Surgeon General had to say in the report’s intro.
Our obligation to act is not just medical—it’s moral. I believe that, coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an unprecedented opportunity as a country to rebuild in a way that refocuses our identity and common values, puts people first, and strengthens our connections to each other.
If we seize this moment, step up for our children and their families in their moment of need, and lead with inclusion, kindness, and respect, we can lay the foundation for a healthier, more resilient, and more fulfilled nation.
Fabulous! Do you know what is missing from the report? Any calls to stop the lockdown madness in our schools. The listed recommendations do not include getting rid of the social distancing crap, or the mandatory masking. Instead it’s all about bringing in mental health support for the staff, expanding social learning programs (but not letting them run freely on the playgrounds), and enrolling kids in Medicaid or CHIP plans (gov’t mandated healthcare in our schools, yay).
In New York City, kids are either eating OUTSIDE in 30-degree weather, or are sitting on the floor, socially distanced, for lunch. Some are even told they have to stare at the wall for lunch, and eat in silence.
What people dont get is each school does its own thing. I have kids in 2 different public elementary schools a half mile apart. One kid will eat outside all winter for #SafetyFirst . The other is indoors at a table eating lunch. The commonality is NEITHER have had an outbreak. 🤔
— NYC State of Mind (@NYC_stateofmind) December 9, 2021
Teachers and staff aren’t under the same restrictions. Kids are facing detention and missing out on socially distanced recess if their mask dares to slip below their nose!
NONE of this is good for our kids. NONE of it. This harms their socialization learning, and is a huge detriment to their mental health.
This New York Times columnist ALMOST gets a clue.
Can't count the number of times I was told not to worry about what we've done to kids because they're resilient https://t.co/xEGHNBVL1N
— Michelle Goldberg (@michelleinbklyn) December 7, 2021
And then further understands how serious the issue when she sends out these tweets the very next day.
Most days they sit on the ground to eat outside, but parents were recently asked if their kids had permission to eat inside when it's too cold. My kids are double vaxxed so I said yes. In addition to not being allowed to sit at tables, they're not allowed to talk to each other.
— Michelle Goldberg (@michelleinbklyn) December 8, 2021
As she noted later on, ‘but they said the kids are resilient!’ So, will Michelle call for an end to the school mask/lockdown madness. Thus far, she hasn’t. But what will it take for her to realize that even HER children aren’t as resilient as she wants to believe they are?
Last week, my son’s class presented projects. The kids were masked and in their classroom while the parents watched the presentations on Zoom. To sum up the presentations by 6-year-olds: “Skjnskjngpnw kngiwnk plplwoje!” The Zoom featured a bunch of parents leaning in and listening intently to try to catch a word or two of what their kid was saying. I was fully unsuccessful.
The “Now It Can Be Told” pieces are there to cover up the fact that the teachers unions ran the show and spineless politicians did their bidding to needlessly keep schools shut. We broke children because Randi Weingarten said so. But it’s not just her. The rot is deep. The unions sat down with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to craft policies to keep schools shut. Anthony Fauci went from saying schools should be open to saying they could only open once President Joe Biden’s stimulus plan passed. Every force on the left aligned against children.
As Karol notes, there is already at least one study out there via Brown University that shows forced masking is contributing to a dramatic and very worrisome drop in verbal and nonverbal development in toddlers and young children.
It’s isn’t Covid that’s the problem! It’s the lockdowns, the masking, and the lack of social interaction! As noted above, we’ve been writing about this issue for nearly two years now. Even some media reported on this last year, and the “experts” ignored the issue. Now, it’s a problem. A big one.
We have a crisis on our hands. Our kids are not as resilient as the political and public health experts told us they’d be. The public health officials, in their rabid desire to shut down everything because of a virus, did so without regard to the emotional and mental well-being of anyone, specifically our kids.
Tell our kids to stay away from their friends? It’s fine, they’re resilient!
Order our kids to mask up and therefore miss out on learning critical social cues? No big deal, that resilient thing is awesome!
Use fear and intimidation to ensure the kids social distance correctly? It’s ok because resilience for the win!
Sit outside in a blizzard to eat lunch while your teachers sit comfortably inside? Gosh darn, it’s amazing how resilient our kids are!
"Kids are resilient", they say, while continuing to shove kids down the stairs
— Tall Lives Matter (@jetfsu) December 9, 2021
The loss and isolation has caused harm to adults these last two years, and now the public is starting to realize that our kids have suffered even more. The overreaction to this virus and the multiple variants is the problem.
Our kids resilience was put to the test, and the adults in charge have failed them.
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