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 major digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Formerly a mental health researcher, Emily also holds a master's degree in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at

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