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  1. Markus + Micah says

    I appreciate how thoughtful you were and really took steps to make an informed decision. It will be different for everyone and the best approach is what works for you as a family. Sorry to hear you all got corona. Really wishing it will not repeat and that this move will benefit you all.

  2. beth says

    i’m a pre-kindergarten teacher and we will be going back in 2 weeks, with lots of safety measures in place, and i so miss in=person teaching

  3. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

    This is a very difficult decision with no right or wrong answer. It sounds like you thought it through and did what’s best for your family.

  4. Krisna says

    I think there is no one right way. Each family is going to do what is best for their situation. I’ve read some other parents chose homeschooling because their schedule permits it but are nonetheless sad about the social development that their kids might miss out on. I see how it’s a very tough decision to make. I’m glad you chose the option that is best for your family.

  5. K E Garland says

    So, Spawn goes to daycare, not necessarily school, right?
    Either way, I think we’d all do well to have less judgment about the situation and to take personal responsibility, in general, which I’m glad to see you’ve done.

    • Shelly DS says

      I giggled when you said ‘Spawn’ 😅 but yeah it’s a hybrid daycare and kindergarten which takes kids from 6 months to six years and preps them for actual elementary school with a rigid curriculum and everything. Thanks for reading! We really do need to stop judging because everyone has their reasons

  6. MisterRick says

    Way to go and all well put! What most parents like myself are having difficulties with right now. I loved your approach and execution. Congrats on a Finely nuanced performance!

  7. AmyRose🌹 says

    The way you thought things through is impressive. You are so right …. what is right and true for one person may not be necessarily so for the next person. Thank you for sharing your insights.

  8. Writer of Words, etc says

    It’s so challenging across the board, isn’t it. Here in Canada, my kids are entering Grade 8 and 10 so they are well equipped to make the decision on their own since they don’t need the same sort of hands-on supervision as they did when they were very young. We left the choice up to them. My son decided since his high school has a hybrid every other day in class for half the day schedule decided to go to school. My daughter however has to go 5 days a week from 9 to 3ish and decided that’s not for her. She opted for homeschooling.

    I don’t know what the right answer is. We’ll see, I guess, when/if the school year starts. (They delayed the first day from Sept 8 to Sept 15 but there are other hiccups now that may delay the start date again.)

  9. Eromonsele Emmanuel says

    Indeed, may we continue to stay safe Shelly. Over here in West Africa, we have a unified exam going on for high school graduating students and this is what caused Nigeria to join the bulk of other neighbouring countries to reopen schools although, we did so for only students in graduating classes.

    Now fast forward to a few weeks, over fifty students have been infected by the virus and it’s super scary because I can’t imagine myself writing an exam under such conditions.

    What can I say? It’s scary for parents and it’s a tough decision to make. We should all be careful.

  10. Zadi says

    Very insightful post. I was one of those moms that choose sending my kids back to school in a pandemic, and the main reason for me is that, I don’t think they learn the same when they stay at home. Hopefully I am wrong because they are anyway at home!!

  11. bethblogger123 says

    You are so right in what you say. Everyone has their own reasons for choosing to send their child to school or not. Instead of us making each other feel bad for our personal decisions, we need to support one another for the bravery in making the decision that is right for our family.


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