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.