This year has been like a decade. COVID, with its attendant lockdowns, quarantines, and social isolation, have wreaked havoc on my mental health, and those around me. The world feels like a constant state of alert, without any recourse to unwind or de-escalate. As the year has progressed, I’ve struggled to maintain rituals and routines that bring about a sense of normalcy or space for deep reflection and meditation.
I don’t know that I ever thought I’d be writing this post. I consider myself a public education advocate and I always thought I’d be really terrible at schooling my own kids. And yet, 2020 is a year of firsts in many ways. So, as the school year is starting, I’ve been researching curriculum, trying to get books (while avoiding Amazon as much as possible), and working with Billie to figure out…what’s the right option here, for our (almost) 10 year old?