The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way that we live across the board. It includes parents, who are now stuck at home with their children and they have the added responsibility of being teachers. Homeschooling can be difficult for families and some parents have had their fill of distance learning. Meanwhile, at Kristen Bell’s house, her seven-year-old daughter, Lincoln, was given an assignment for an “opinion essay.” For some reason or another, Lincoln decided to go with, “How my mommy reacts to me” and it appears as if her mother isn’t doing well in that category.
Bell went on Instagram to share the picture of the grid her daughter drew up to brainstorm how “mommy reacts.” She has “bad reactions” in one corner and “no patience” in another corner. She uses the other two corners to point out that her mother “doesn’t believe in me” and uses a “stern voice.”
In other words, she just gave her the worst review of any mother who is trying to get by during a global pandemic. Apparently, Bell has not reviewed how to write essays with her children to get beyond this difficulty.
In the end, Bell was still “quite impressed” with her daughter’s ability to put together all of the evidence, even if it was a negative review.
“Trying to get my 1st grader to write her first opinion essay, and was quite impressed with the topic she chose as she presented her grid with opinion and evidence,” Bell wrote alongside the image. “Touche my young lass. Touche. (The bottom says ‘Stern Voice’).”
There were many comments to the post by perhaps our favorite was: “Why are your daughters literal savages omg.”
The roasting ended up going both ways in that house. Bell said last week that “being quarantined with a talkative child is like having an insane parrot super glued to your shoulder,” and okay Bell, go off.
Just like the rest of us, Bell’s family is living day-by-day during the quarantine and they are doing the best job they can. Bell admitted that she tried to keep the family on a tight schedule at the beginning but it backfired quickly.
“The biggest lesson I learned in the beginning was I wrote out the color-coded schedule – when our academic time would be and when our art time would be. By day five, I was making everybody miserable,” Bell told Entertainment Tonight in an interview earlier this month. “The kids hated that I was trying to adhere to the schedule. So about a week ago, I woke them up and I said, ‘This is your most important mission ever. Get up.’ I brought them in the kitchen and I had them rip up the schedule… I had them shred it and they felt so good. I said the learning lesson here is that if you make a plan and it’s not working, you pivot.”
I guess we are all trying our hardest these days. Mothers can at least feel a little better about their efforts, knowing that it happens to the best of us.SKM: below-content placeholder