Join Steve Hartman's "Kindness 101" class on Facebook Live starting Monday at 2 p.m. ET.
Catskill, New York — It was as heartbreaking as it was adorable, my daughter, Meryl, and her school friends resorting to a teleconference tea party. But such is the new virtual reality for most kids in America.
"You know, I would rather stay at school than go at home," Meryl said.
"Would you?" I asked.
"Yea, 'cause you're like, 'Oh, what can I do?'" Meryl said.
And for most grown-ups, the feeling has been mutual. Working from home and homeschooling have no place in the home — at least not together, they don't.
Then add in home confinement and pretty soon you've got short tempers.
"You're taking a video and I don't like it," Meryl said.
And health concerns beyond just coronavirus. Like your son licking his brother's socks.
"How are your parents doing with all this?" I asked George.
" I'd ask the person who's making this report," he said.
I did and he's fine. But he's not sure how he'll make it to summer.
"I feel like I'm trying to be a little easier on you guys, just because it's a tough time right now and I want to help you get through it," Emmett said.
And I want to help you get through it too, which is why I'm offering to take your kids for a half-hour a day. Starting Monday, I'll be offering a live, online class called "Kindness 101." We'll show some of my favorite "On the Road" stories and talk about the lessons within.
I promise it'll be better than almost anything else your kids might be doing. Until Monday, I'm Steve Hartman, at home in Catskill, New York.