I know everyone is probably feeling super busy right now with a combination of settling kids back in to their school year ahead as well as juggling multiple concerns in the continuation of the strangest time any of us has ever collectively known.
So I just wanted to take one quick minute to touch base with everyone and first off offer words of encouragement: You can do it! Moms and dads and grandparents and extended family — you can do it! You can get through this time and you can get your kids through this time.
There will, in fact, be a day when all of this is behind us and you can say, “We did it!”
The Juggling Act
Please hear my words of encouragement and take them in and use it to bolster yourself for even one more day because the other thing I know is needed as well is to speak the truth and validate that this is SO HARD!
Everyone reading this has different situations. Some have kids in school systems that are open or planning to physically open. Some, like me, are in a school system that’s gone all virtual. Wrapping our heads and our lives around that is a very new challenge.
Some have long worked from home so it looks like not much has changed but if you’re now managing a child’s schooling — or several kids’ schooling — while Zooming more than anyone would want to, it can feel like you’d like to throw computers out all together!
Some were in essential jobs throughout the first pandemic wave and it’s been a particularly trying daily act of heroism for you to manage childcare that, with school-aged kids, you thought you were through with, as well as scary with the thought that being out there at work so much might mean bringing the virus home.
Some are cobbling together all kinds of strategies to make the day-to-day work and all of us are thinking about how this is impacting our children’s educations, their social lives, their physical activity their stimulation, and what they are internalizing about this time.
I still know we can do it, that we must keep a measure of optimism and can-do spirit amidst the real trials of it all and that’s why this fall I’ll be writing a series of blogs designed to touch on the universal challenges that you’re facing while parenting at this time as well as exploring kids’ ages and stages and some of what they are going through and how best to help them through it.
I remain optimistic about camp next summer — our actual 99th summer — and will be planning for camp during the off-season. So you’ll also be hearing from me about why I think camp will be more important than ever before in the summer of 2021 and why every parent should prioritize sleepaway summer camp for your kids.
And I’ll be sharing some fun ways to keep the family buoyant and united and engaged as the pandemic wears on and cold weather adds to indoor time.
So please stay tuned to my blog — there is so much I want to share and it’s doubly important that our camp community stay vitally connected and that we invite the curious in to see what we’re all about. And speaking of staying connected, expect a nice dose of virtual activities, too, where ‘Ghany Girls can find strength and joy with one another.
Elizabeth Shreckhise, Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls