Family First, School Second

More than ever, friends have been asking, "Why did you home school for so long? It's so hard!"


There's a long answer to that, and it's not really relevant here. My main advice for this strange school at home time is: family first, school second. If you can just keep the main thing the main thing, I think your family will not only survive this cooped up crisis but actually thrive in it.


Last week, I focused on how "school at home" is different than home education and how to handle it. (Hint: by giving yourself some serious grace).


Since then, I've put together a Tips and Tricks printable to remind you of what's truly important for getting through this together.


For the most part, I think this whole forced family time has done a lot of good in the world. When I take a walk in the evenings I see families in their backyards, laughing and playing together. This is especially true for families with preschoolers who aren't overwhelmed by the "school at home" responsibilities. But the benefits for the older children are there too: I haven't seen my teens this well rested since they've been in public school.


Find the good things, focus on the family, and remember that the rest isn't all that important in the long run.


And if you're looking for more ways to thrive rather than merely survive as a family, Jefferson Bethke has a challenge for you (it starts today).

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