KC-area family shares their journey through COVID-19

OLATHE, Kan. – These times continue to be difficult for families in the Kansas City area, and one family has shared their story with KSHB 41 News.

The Reagan household is occupied – Claire and Scott are the parents of Evan, 7, Abbie, 5, and Isaac, 1.

It’s a juggling act, and it takes its toll. Claire Reagan does not hesitate to share her journey.

“I kind of put off looking for a new therapist, which I did this summer,” she said. “Actually, you know, I ended up going back to some meds just because as a parent, I really need to be as close to my best as I can be, to make sure my little ones can be healthy. ‘flourish and grow.’

According to Reagan, this growth is achieved by putting in the necessary hours that go beyond the margins.

“I feel like self-care is a big buzzword right now,” she said. “I’m not talking about bubble baths and, you know, lighting a candle, I mean actually really trying to make time.”

She also took time for a professional assessment.

After interrupting her full-time teaching career, she replaces once a week. Raegan said she was at the center of an education crisis.

“I worry about these seasoned professionals who are like, ‘You know what, I’m going to retire early,'” she said. “And then I worry about those teachers who are in those really crucial first three years of their careers.”

Raegan continued to reflect on the impact the education crisis could have on his children.

“My fear because I have such young children, what happens when we have these, you know, my children’s future favorite English teacher in eighth grade, maybe they don’t stay not in class, and he’ll never have that person,” she said. “You know, it’s something I think about a lot.”

There’s also navigating the challenges of parenting. Raegan’s advice to other moms and dads is to practice self-compassion.

“If you’re a caregiver for someone, that’s asking a lot of you and just making sure that, you know, I think we all have to find a way to take care of ourselves, so that we can be there for others when they need us,” she said.

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