It is a strange time to be a mother with children to educate. Many of us have pondered various schooling options in the past, but this year the options are so vast and so uncertain. A world-wide pandemic has certainly thrown a wrench in the already confusing world of educating children.
There is a Facebook meme circulating that I particularly like. It goes something like this:
What kind of mom are you?
Are you a mom who homeschooled and will continue to homeschool? Then you are a good mom.
Are you a mom who sent her kids to school and will now homeschool? Then you are a good mom.
Are you a mom who sent her kids to school and will continue to send them to school? Then you are a good mom.
There is no “right” answer, no one-size-fits-all for how to educate children during a pandemic (or at any other time, for that matter). The way we school our children is a prudential decision that each family makes after taking into account a family’s needs, a child’s needs, a mother’s needs.
Do not let the worries of this age affect knowing, believing, and trusting that you are a good mom and that most importantly,
Nothing can cut us off from the love of Christ—not hardships or distress, or persecution, or lack of food and clothing, or threats or violence . . . No! We come through all these things triumphantly victorious by the power of him who loved us. For I am certain of this: neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nothing already in existence, and nothing still to come, nor any power, nor the heights nor the depths, nor any created thing whatever, will be able to come between us and the love of God, known to us in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:35, 37-39).
Let us not lose sight of the most important truths. We have been created from and for love. Nothing can change this. We are beloved daughters of God and have been given the task of passing this love on to our children. We will each accomplish this task differently. No matter what our daily decisions look like, may we rest in the knowledge that we are deeply and irrevocably loved, and nothing can change that.