Why kids are hitting the pandemic wall

Sixth grader London Loree (right) of Southern California said she's having a hard time coping with the ongoing disruptions of the pandemic. She is shown with her mom, Lydia Elle (left).

(CNN)After almost a full year of grappling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, including nearly nine months of virtual school, 11-year-old London Loree simply has had enough.

Enough of Zoom classes and technology fails. Enough of social distancing. Enough of all of it.
Her focus is waning. School, something she loves, has become a drag.
    "I'm tired, I'm stressed and I feel lazy," the sixth grader said last week from her home in Southern California. "Everything is so awkward now."
      Loree could be the poster child for many kids these days. Across time zones, age groups and socioeconomic lines, young people appear to be hitting a breaking point that developmental psychologists are calling the "pandemic wall."
      As we near the one-year anniversary of the pandemic and associated social distancing measures, kids and parents alike are grieving the end of how our lives used to be. It doesn't even matter how dramatically kids' lives have changed, experts say. The fact that disruption has become normalized is traumatizing enough.
      Leslie Forde, founder of Mom's Hierarchy of Needs, a think tank in Boston that researches how mothers can reduce stress and prioritize self-care, has surveyed or interviewed more than 1,600 families about the effects of the pandemic on school-age children since Covid-19 began.
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