With the 2020 quarantine in full effect, many parents have had to adapt to being with their children at home all day. Many schools have shifted towards remote learning, which can be quite an experience for parents. From little kids using "technical issues" as an excuse to get out of work, to parents loudly complaining without realizing they're unmuted, there's plenty of e-learning entertainment. Read on for some hilarious experiences parents have had with remote learning.
Don't Underestimate This Kid
This mom learned about not underestimating her kid on her first day remote learning. She wrote, "Not even part of the way through day 1 of school, my 11yo has lost 2 pens, a calculator, a pencil and a notebook."
Though losing all of those supplies would be impressive if she were at a regular school, the real kicker is that the child was "sitting at the kitchen table the whole time." The baffled mother could only respond with a single question: "How?"
Keeping A Tight Tooth Record
Do you remember how important losing your teeth was as a kid? It was something to be proud of because it meant you were getting older. This student doesn't want to let go of the glory.
That's why every morning he's sure to announce to the class how many days it's been since he lost his tooth. Thanks to remote learning, all of the parents also know that it has been four days and counting.
Not Everyone Belongs In An Office
Working alongside your kiddo from home can give parents some insight into how their child may end up doing in an office. That's why this Twitter user concluded that after two weeks of remote learning, she's sure he'll end up working on a farm.
Some people can't stand being cooped up inside all day, working on a computer. This is especially true for kids who are bursting with energy and eager to get outside and play.
Just Blame It On Technical Issues
When a parent starts a tweet by sarcastically calling their child's remote learning "fun," you know they're about to say something hilarious. This dad proceeded to explain that his 2nd-grader closes his laptop and walks away when he gets bored.
The humorous part is that the kid justifies this behavior by yelling, "Technical issues!" on his way out. The clever boy is beyond his years to already know the cardinal rule of blaming your absence on technology.
Making The Dogs Do It, Too
This Twitter user has one clever nine-year-old. The kiddo decided that if she's going to have to learn online, then so are her dogs. She's testing out how successful virtual learning really is by having the canines watch training videos on YouTube.
Of course, dogs and humans don't exactly have the same learning patterns. So, putting together a report on her dogs' inability to virtually learn probably won't get her out of this one.
Kids These Days
With how rapidly technology has advanced and permeated daily life, it's no wonder so many kids are computer pros already. One 1st-grader managed to change his background to an Amtrak station! The cutest part is that he jokingly states, "Gotta go! My train is here!"
That may have been adorable the first few times, but after hearing this in the middle of class more than once, it could become a major distraction. If the parents of other students are taking notice, you can bet the teacher is grinding her teeth.
They Grow Up So Fast
It's always a crackup when kids say something you'd expect to hear from an adult. That's what happened to this mom when her little one asked to take his lunch hour early.
The best part is they were only two hours into the first day of remote learning. Mom concluded, "He's ready for the work world. We're done here." Fast forward 20 years, and this little guy will be talking his boss into extended vacation time and four-day workweeks.
Kids Say The Darndest Things
It's funny how an innocent game can take an unexpected turn with one comment. That's what happened when this mom overheard her child's class playing a game of Boggle.
One of the 3rd-graders called out a word that the mother could understand. What she did hear loud and clear was the girl clarify by saying, "As in 'human flesh.'" The mom then proceeded to frantically search the screen for the possibly-questionable word being taught to a group of 8-year-olds.
Screen Time Is All The Time
These days, one of the most painstaking punishments a parent can serve is no screen time. Between devices like cellphones, iPads, televisions, and computer games, screens are a significant part of modern life.
This mom lamented that remote learning no longer enables her to take away her kids' screens, as they need them for school-related purposes. She admitted that grounding them from screens was "really all I had." The children must love hearing that.
The Self Pep Talk
This mom had to give herself a pep talk on her child's first day of remote learning. Since being educated from home puts more pressure on parents, it can be daunting. This parent reminded herself that she passed the 4th grade, so she should be able to handle her 5th grader's homework.
The funny thing is that her Twitter bio mentions she is a nurse. If someone with years of medical training can't pull off tutoring their elementary school child, then there's little hope for the rest of us.
Daycare, High School, It's All The Same
This woman didn't post about her own experience with remote learning, but rather that of her friend. Apparently, the poor woman is so out of sorts with schooling from home that she can't wait until "daycare" opens back up.
The twitter user then clarified, "High school. She means his high school." To a parent, any school may as well be daycare. Plus, many parents still see their children as little babies well into their adulthood, especially during a quarantine.
The Internet Had Other Plans
One of the biggest drawbacks of online learning is that it makes the student completely reliant on technology. At the very least, you have to have a trustworthy internet connection, which isn't always the case.
That's what this dad experienced when he got his twins all set and ready for their first day of remote learning. As soon as he got everything setup, the internet decided to cutout. Hopefully, the school isn't counting tardies this year.
Sarcasm At Its Finest
Parents can be the masters of sarcasm as it allows them to express themselves without frightening the kids. This mom is a pro at using sarcasm, as she illustrated in her tweet about remote learning.
She wrote, "The fun thing about virtual school is my teeth gradually being ground down to powder." We're sure that clenching your jaw out of frustration and angst is a very enjoyable activity, especially when you're stuck inside with the kids.
Lights, Camera, Half-Dressed Family In The Background
This mom illuminated how online education is just as new to many schools as it is to the parents. She posted that her child's school first demanded that every student have their camera on during remote learning.
While it seemed like a good way to ensure attendance, that all changed when they realized how distracting seeing half-dressed family members in the background can be. Two weeks later, the rule was completely reversed and now prohibits on-cameras during remote learning.
The Case Of The Broken Skeleton
We all can be dramatic sometimes, but some kids have yet to learn how to filter their outlandish claims. Just look at this five-year-old's comment about their leg hurting, which apparently is a sign of a "broken skeleton."
The parent was not fooled, reminding their child that they are just watching a video on the iPad for school. That's when the kiddo upped the ante, humorously responding, "Maybe I can't feel my fingers." Next it'll be that their shoulders are falling off.
Remote Parenting 101: Rage-Eating
Rage-eating has become a popular term among Twitter parents since remote learning became more widespread. This mom points out that being a "calm, rational person who doesn't rage-eat potato chips before 10am" is not possible with online school.
We're happy she's handling the stress of remote learning with relatively harmless snacking. Perhaps this habit is the real reason behind the "quarantine fifteen." Better to gain 15 pounds than completely lose your mind while stuck at home with the little ones.
Loud And Not-So-Proud
One of the more humorous mishaps that can occur during remote learning is not realizing that everyone else can hear you. This happens when the mic is on when you think it's muted.
That's exactly what happened when one parent exclaimed "I'm just OVER IT" continuously until they realized their child's mic was unmuted. The look of horror on the kid's face must have been the giveaway, because the upset parent suddenly said, "Oh, are you unmuted?"
Let The Countdown Begin
Many kids love countdowns, especially when it's geared toward the end of a school year or the start of a break. This Twitter user noted that parents who have two small children also love these countdowns.
She questioned how many days these parents should wait before they start counting down the days left in the school year. We would say start on day 1, but we also understand that doing so may make those 180 days seem all the more daunting.
Not What She Meant!
When this teacher asked the class what they were doing before their Zoom call, they were not expecting one of the students to say, "My mommy hits me and says 'do good!'"
Mortified that this comment would be taken the wrong way, the mother raced over with breakfast crumbs on her face to explain that by "hit" her daughter means "high five." It's funny how one little word can make such a big difference.
Just Trying To Help
These days, high schoolers probably have a better chance at figuring out a technical glitch than their parents do. Still, many parents have an inclination to help, which can have humorous results during quarantine.
This Twitter user quoted parents of high school Zoom students yelling, "IS IT WORKING, HONEY? WHAT? OH, THEY CAN'T HEAR ME. FINE, FIGURE IT OUT THEN. BUT I'LL BE IN THE KITCHEN IF YOU NEED HELP!" We have to appreciate the balance of support and giving some space.