Covid Schooling Decisions
Let’s conduct a little experiment during the weeks ahead as parents are making decisions regarding how their children will be educated during the absolute tragedy that is the covid19 pandemic.
When you talk to someone about their school choices and they say they are going to send their children to in-person school, even if that’s not your choice, try responding with, “good choice, I know you really had to weigh all of the options to make the very best choice for your family. I hope it goes well.”
When you hear someone say that their child will be doing virtual or homeschool, even if that’s not your choice, how about saying, “good choice, I know you really had to weigh all of the options to make the very best choice for your family. I hope it goes well.”
Parenting decisions always (and now more than ever) require so much thought, prayer and careful consideration of your exact child/family/situation/etc. Single parents, essential workers, those with pre-existing conditions, mental health issues, special needs or financial insecurity. . .all have to make different choices. And most of the time, a wide variety of possibilities are absolutely the VERY best choice for each particular family.
Never before has our country (and maybe even our world) been more divided. You don’t have to look far to see hate and judgement spewing from all sides of any topic. Sadly, nor do our children have to look far to see all of those same things.
What if we were not only to do the very best for our children but also to assume that others are doing the same? What if we taught our children that there is rarely ever one answer that is “right” for all families?
While it is true that we are all in the same pandemic storm, it is also true that there are a wide variety of boats from within which we must endure this storm.
What if through all of this we decided to teach our children that not only can love, empathy and kindness exist during times of extreme stress and uncertainty but that they can even thrive and multiply.
We are all trying to make the very best decision in a pool of very imperfect options.
We all want life to go back to “normal.” But what if the one normal we never go back to is the societal acceptance and norm of constant criticism, judgment and shaming of those with whom our “best option” does not match?
But the Greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13b