Interview in Slate

visual schedule Emily P.G. Erickson made for her children

On March 11, I got the email. My four-year-old son wouldn’t be going back to his preschool after spring break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Based on what I knew about children in general, my kids in particular, and myself, I knew what I had to do next: Make a schedule. It wouldn’t make a pandemic ok, but it would make living through it better. So I got to work.

Six months later, when Slate’s executive editor Allison Benedikt asked if she could talk to me about my kids’ schedule and how it all worked out, I was happy to pass my learnings along to other parents.

After all, the pandemic is still here and a lot of us are still navigating distance learning and life without the supports we had in pre-COVID times. We’re all still learning how to manage this new world, but my hope is we can shorten the learning curve by sharing our experiences. I hope you find something useful in Allison’s piece.

A visual schedule Emily P.G. Erickson made for her children during the Covid-19 pandemic

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, Verywell Mind, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at

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