Parent-to-Parent: Homeschooling or What?

I don’t know about you, but I never set out to be a parent that homeschools. I love my job. I love my kids. And I’ll admit: I think I love my kids more when I get to go to the job I love every day. Now all of that has changed and I know I need to step up in ways I haven’t before. Am I prepared? No. Will I figure it out? Probably. Will there be tears? Many.

I can’t continue without acknowledging the myriad of ways our teachers have stepped up and gone above and beyond for these kids in order to make distance learning a reality. Truly and deeply: THANK YOU. That doesn’t mean that we as parents can’t also feel overwhelmed and frustrated and scared about what is happening to our kids’ education.

There have been a flurry of posts and emails and conversations sharing advice about how to embrace this new way of life. Here are the ones I’m taking to heart:

  • READ. No surprise here that this is my first tip. Make time for reading every. single. day. For the kids and for yourself.
  • FREE TIME. Everyone needs it. Give each other space and see what unfolds.
  • GO OUTSIDE. Fresh air does a world of good and is really the only outlet we have left.
  • SCHEDULE. Or not! I thrive with a schedule and a routine, but be gentle with yourself and your kids when things don’t go as planned.
  • REMEMBER. This is (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Take time to note the positive things. Take it a step further and create a journal together as a keepsake.

Any other tips? I’d love to hear! Please leave them in the comments.

Stay healthy & happy,


My boys: Sam (4) and Henry (6). Getting to use a pick in their hair is a newfound joy! 🙂

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