We’ll Stop Home Schooling Our Kids When a Vaccine Is Ready

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by Meagan Cheney |

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Earlier this summer, my husband and I wrestled with the decision about whether to continue home schooling our kids for another year or send them back to regular school. It was a hard decision, but ultimately, we decided to home-school them again because the number of COVID-19 cases in our area was increasing again.

I know we made the right choice, but I’ll admit, I’m losing it over here! We’ve been stuck together since the pandemic started a year and a half ago. Frankly, we’re getting a bit sick of one another. I know that sounds awful, but it’s true. I don’t even remember the last time we went an entire day without someone having a meltdown. And most days, more than one person has one.

Don’t get me wrong, I know we made the right choice over the summer. Protecting our kids’ health is more important than maintaining my sanity. Austen, our 6-year-old daughter who has Dravet syndrome, would probably end up in the pediatric intensive care unit if she got COVID-19. And Atlas, her 7-year-old brother, has been hospitalized with respiratory infections in the past. So, both are at high risk for complications from COVID-19.

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Now, our thinking has shifted a bit due to the COVID-19 vaccine. We’ve decided to send our kids back to public school as soon as our youngest kids can get the vaccine. My husband, our 13-year-old daughter, Addisen, and I are all fully vaccinated. So, now we are patiently waiting for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

In the meantime, we are trying to hang on. We’re chugging along with home schooling and spending a lot of time in our backyard, weather permitting. If we can’t go outdoors, we make sure to have quiet time each afternoon so that Mama can sit and have a cup of coffee.

Yes, a lot of mom guilt is involved in our decision. My babies are my life, and I want what’s best for them. But I believe that public school, a break from time at home, and interactions with friends are best for them right now. Well, almost right now — as soon as they can get their “Fauci Ouchie,” that is.

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