We did it! We made it through the first day of school…..and honestly it was easier than I thought it would be. I was so nervous to send Ella back to school with all of the unknowns we are facing right now with the pandemic, plus all of the new rules and changes we need to follow to keep kids safe. I barely slept on Monday night, just thinking of all of the scary things that could happen- what if she forgets to wear her mask? What if someone sneezes on her? What if they don’t get things clean enough? You can truly make yourself sick worrying about your kids during this crazy time.
And it’s not any easier for parents who are doing the virtual programs. They may not be worrying about masks but I guarantee they are stressing about their kids psychological needs, socialization, etc. It’s a lose lose situation in terms of the fear we are are caring around.
Here’s the thing though- its ok. It’s ok to be worried and scared. It’s ok to keep your kids home. It’s ok to send them to school. It’s ok to do what you need to do. There are no right or wrong answers in this. There is only faith. Faith that our kids will follow the rules and social distance. Faith that our school systems love our children enough to take every precaution they can. Faith that your kids will be ok learning from home and will be able to stay social through other means.
It’s ok. They will be ok and you will be ok. You’ll still be scared and worried, but it will be alright. How do I knnow this? Because we made it through the first day! We will make it through day two and day 22 and day 222. Just love your kids and make them feel safe and no matter what your choice are they will be ok. One thing I’ve learned through all of this is our kids are resilient. They can handle this if they know we are there for them and support them. You’ve got this!