Choices. We have many. Even in difficult, uncertain times,WE HAVE CHOICES! It’s the factor that separates humans from other animals. We have this amazing power to make choices. We only use about 10% of our brain, however within that 10% we are constantly making choices.
Right now I imagine, like my family, yours is trying to weigh the positives and negatives of the choice to send our children back to school face-to-face, or the choice for the new virtual school options being offered by some school districts. This choice is not easy. It’s new territory. Instead of thinking of all of the “What ifs”, I wanted to share some questions that helped my hubby and me think through this choice together.
Questions for Parents:
- Is our home environment comfortable and nurturing for our child to stay home?
- Do we have to go to work outside of the home?
- Is there a parent/guardian/ adult to check in on our child when doing virtual school?
- Is our child independent enough to navigate 30 minutes of focused learning online at a time?
- How will we continue to provide in person socializing for our child?
- What health concerns does our family have?
- If the COVID-19 pandemic was not present, would we consider virtual school?
I encourage you to include your children in the conversation. The more empowered they feel, the braver they will be no matter what choice you make! (Age appropriateness of course) We are having a family breakfast meeting to ask our 7 year old daughter.
Here are questions you can ask your child:
- What do you like most about being at school?
- What did you like most about eLearning in the spring?
- What do you like least about school? (pre-pandemic)
- What did you like least about eLearning in the spring?
- Where do you feel the safest?
We’ve talked A LOT. We’ve had sleepless nights. We’ve cried. We’ve written out all the pros and cons. We’ve talked with friends who are also making this tough choice. In the end, I honestly do not believe you can go wrong on this choice. You just have to make the choice that you feel is best for your family. At this time. Amid uncertainty. What impact will this one year have on you, your family, your child? Will it really matter 5, 10 years from now?
We plan to make our choice within the next 48 hours. Maybe you’ve already made yours.
There will be challenges either way. There will be growth either way. Focus on the good. Choose what’s best for your family out of love, not fear. And remember outside of our comfort zone is where the magic happens!
Thank you for reading,