Doing the Best for Our Family

I was positive that my kids would be returning to the classroom this Fall.

Illinois has been careful in its reopening, and kept Covid-19 mostly controlled.  A little over a week ago, our school district announced its reopening plan with two options: 100% remote learning, or a “hybrid” model of 2 days a week in school and the rest at home, with a rotation of kids for either Tuesday/Thursday classes or Wednesday/Friday classes based on their last name.  Along with in-classroom instruction came a lengthy list of safety guidelines that would need to be followed. Continue reading

The Things I Do Now

2020-07-20 Pandemic Parenting

Photo by Ashim D’Silva on Unsplash

“Pandemic Parenting” has turned me into the kind of parent that I never wanted to be.  I have always been responsive and decisive as a parent.  I see a problem, I find the solution.  I rarely second-guess.  I rely on parenting experts, feedback from friends with older children, and my own instincts.

Covid-19 has upended all of that. Continue reading

Ninety-One Days

2020-06-11 Into the Unknown

Photo by Alex Ivashenko on Unsplash

I remember reading reports out of Wuhan, back in February, when the citizens had been on lockdown for more than 72 days.  When we passed the 40 day mark, I thought “Ok, breathe.  More than halfway through what China went through.”

We are now on Day 91.  Thirteen weeks.  “Normalcy” isn’t a word I think about anymore.  There is only Before and After. Continue reading

The Last Thing I Did “Before”

2020-04-01

Photo by Jason Dent on Unsplash

Everything happened so quickly in a matter of days in March.  As the news from Seattle grew more serious, with large tech firms ordering their employees to stay home, major sporting events, theaters, and other gatherings announced their closure.  “Social Distancing” became a term we all knew.  Various states began to put in place their own measures.

Yesterday I tried to remember: What was the last thing I did “before”?

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Planning for the Worst

2020-03-28 Planning for the Worst

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When I was pregnant with Autumn, I had a hospital bag packed.  It wasn’t the typical “If I go into labor early, this is what I will grab as we rush out the door” bag.  It was the “If the doctor tells me that my baby has no heartbeat, this is what I will tell Ger to grab for my stay at the hospital” bag. Continue reading