A letter to parents about school

If you're anything like me (and every other parent that I've talked to in the last little while), the biggest question on your mind is "What should I do about school?"There are so many factors to consider - the safety measures that will or won't be in place, your own risk tolerance, your family's health circumstances, your child's personal learning style, your work situation. These are just the tip of the iceberg, not to mention the children who are food insecure and rely on school for a nutritious meal, or need the safe haven of school as a refuge from domestic challenges. Never mind the fact that none of us can tell what will happen in the future, with the ever evolving nature of a pandemic.  

I am not here to give you answers or tell you what to do. I can't and no one can. The truth is there is no right, one-size-fits-all answer.  That is uncomfortable and scary for some, but can you see it as freedom?  If there is no right answer, then there is also no wrong answer.  

You will make whatever decision you need to make for your own family.  Don't let anyone make you feel bad, or cause you to worry about whether you've made the wrong choice.  You are doing the best you can with your circumstances, and the information you have today.

I am here to tell you that whatever decision you make, you CAN make it work.  You are in control of how you and your kids think about it.  

You can worry and stress about it, or you can approach it with the mindset that it might not be great at first, but you will adapt.  Make this decision with the bone-deep knowledge that you are more resilient than you give yourself credit for.  

You can handle it.

You are amazing.

You have so much power.

You have the power to shape your little one's mindset. You are currently shaping how they see the world, and how they see any challenge. You are showing your kids that we all adapt, grow and learn. You are showing your kids now that they can handle the unexpected, and still thrive. That's the power of a strong mindset, and you're over there rockin' it.  You should be so proud of yourself and your resilient kids.