"I was like, 'Dear God, I hope my nanny doesn't quit,'" Clarkson joked to People of their little family's time in lockdown.
The "Since You Been Gone" singer shares River, 7, and Remington, 6, with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. The former couple announced their decision to call it quits on their marriage in June 2020, not long after many parts of the United States went into partial lockdown as fear of the coronavirus continued to spread.
"I hope we never have to do it again, because my kids are very creative, outgoing and social, and did not want to be at home with an adult," she added of the difficult year.
The Grammy Award winner confessed it wasn't easy for her children to learn how to read outside of a classroom environment before going on to praise teachers for the incredible work they did and continue to do.
"I've always held teachers in the highest of regard, but people that didn't really think about it before got a real eye-opening experience at how hard teachers work," she continued. "I'd hear people in the industry in interviews be like, 'Oh my God, I'm trying to wrangle these two or three kids.' But imagine having 26 to 30, because that's what a teacher has. It's a crazy hard job."
This wasn't the first time the singer has been awestruck by the strength of educators. Clarkson also shared how she was consistently inspired by her own mom, Jeanne, who used to work as an elementary school teacher.
"She was such a hard worker. I saw everything she did to sacrifice for her students," the "Because of You" artist gushed. "She didn't make much money, but she still took money out of her pocket to do things for kids in the classroom, especially those that needed extra help or that would come in with the same outfit every day or without food. I didn't become a teacher, but seeing her selfless heart helped me on my path in life."