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

Interview in Slate

When I opened the March 11 email from my son’s school, I learned life wouldn’t be going back to normal after spring break. 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. Six months later, Slate’s executive editor wanted to hear from me about how that worked out for us. I was happy to talk.

Featured in Distance Learning Tips

When I was asked to share distance learning tips with Her Agenda, I was nervous. I’ve never had a child start kindergarten in distance learning during a global pandemic before. What advice did I have to share? Then I remembered: no one has had a child start kindergarten in distance learning during a global pandemic before. We are all just figuring this out as we go. Here’s what I’m figuring.

Introducing My Autistic Son

In my first essay where I introduce Owen as the autistic person he is, I write about how I used to worry about Owen’s success in school this fall, but everything that’s happened in 2020 has given me a new perspective. I now can see that success isn’t the goal, growth is. I hope you’ll read my latest for Scary Mommy, “I Was Already Worried About My Autistic Son Starting Kindergarten — Then 2020 Happened.”


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Hi, I’m Emily.

I am a Minnesota-based writer and hold a master’s degree in psychology. I’m known for my thoughtful, compassionate essays about culture, mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood. My writing has been featured in Scary Mommy, Motherly, Motherwell, and more.


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