A new study out of the UK shows that young children are regressing in basic life skills due to the pandemic. Some have even regressed back to diapers after being potty trained!
In the UK, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills made visits to 900 schools and found that some groups of “hardest hit” kids have lost basic skills such as the ability to use a knife and fork or use the toilet, not to mention remembering their ABCs. The students who only slipped academically are the lucky ones.
The good news is that there is a group that seemed to thrive due to school closures and those children were not just from privileged families. Children that did well had more supportive families and enjoyed more time with their parents.
Educators worried that children will suffer from lower attention spans since they had more access to screen time during lockdowns, as well as separation anxiety after becoming accustomed to being home. They also worry about childhood obesity in children who stay home without physical exercise.