Hello, everyone. Happy (um, what day is it?) to you. How this new situation landing in your home? Oh, yes, it’s hard. Incredibly hard. But are you finding some silver linings in there anywhere? My kids start remote learning today and, like many of you, I’m working at home. I’m lucky enough to have a chance to be there with them, but to think I’ll be overseeing their schoolwork and how they’re functioning in this new world, while trying to work, is daunting. But we can do this, folks. Why? Because we’re going to be forgiving of ourselves, okay? That’s one takeaway I have for you from the many interviews and conversations I’ve had these last few days with pediatricians, teachers, psychologists, principals and, well, friends. There is good advice and instruction out there right now, but at the end of every conversation, I realize there’s one main theme: We’re figuring this out as we go, our old rules may fall apart, and we can forgive ourselves. The principal of my son’s massive public middle school held virtual meetings with parents this week to explain how we are going to do this. The thing she said that stuck with me? “Grant yourself grace, grant grace to your children, and grant grace to our teachers as we move forward together.”
So I’ll leave you with that. Stay home, stay well, stay together. You’ve got this.