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Photo Credit: Julian Scagliola

In these uncertain times, the most difficult trouble to navigate is how the shutdowns and restrictions will affect our kids. A little social and culinary privation is tolerable, and the missing work will ultimately be a speed bump for us.

But the whiplash from the day-after-day changes is frustrating for anyone who is trying to plan responsibly. When science is saying one thing, the decision-makers are often saying the opposite — and they often swap places and reverse their course.

We want what’s best for our kids. We want to be able to make a plan and get them educated so they can succeed and not be stuck in a dead-end job they hate or worse have no real options for their future. …

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Photo Credit: Daiga Ellaby

With schools closing this Fall, it’s easy to be frustrated about everything you are suddenly responsible for as a parent. Take heart though: Without the status quo and the daily grind dulling their sense, your child will really be paying attention to you, their first and most impactful teacher. Properly used, this disruption can be a galvanizing, transformational time to get back to the most important elements critical to your child’s success.

Here are seven focal points as you make your plans to accommodate this crisis’ disruption:

1. Focus on education, not “school”

School’s point is education, but you aren’t sunk if they’re closed. Even before compulsory public education, there is a long legacy of responsible parents succeeding at producing not only responsible adults out of their children but educated citizens. …

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Photo Credit: Jon Flobrant

Times are not easy, and with the elections just around the corner here in my home country, I doubt any comprehensive solution will present itself soon. Uncertainty and fear permeate the current atmosphere: inconsistent mask laws, conflicting reports and rumors, closures and reopenings and reclosings and job losses, looming threats from fines to CPS to health and safety as gangs and mobs grow increasingly bold…

To top it all off, many schools aren’t opening yet which means we need to educate our kids somehow in the middle of all of this.

It’s enough to make you feel powerless, trapped in this weird limbo. It’s not hellish, but it’s deeply uncomfortable and nobody has any idea what will happen in the next month. …


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