1- The Life-Restoring Magic of Daily Rituals from the Focus on This podcast. This episode was excellent! Cohost Courtney returned from maternity leave (missed her . . . also, wonder if she’d guest on BLP . . .) and they just did an excellent job with a deep dive into daily rituals.
2- Kelsey’s post on current calendar management was really interesting, as she used to rely on paper and no longer does. I would miss paper so much — but this seems to work for her!
3- I finished Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Just wow. What a fantastic book. An emotional roller coaster, but also fascinating and moving in so many different ways. Highly recommend!
4- School shifts. I mentioned it in passing, and several of you asked about our planned change for next year. Yes, all 3 will attend the same private Montessori school starting next fall. The decision to move Cameron there this year was fairly straightforward: it just felt like the traditional learning environment wasn’t a great fit for him. The pandemic perhaps accelerated our decision-making but I think it would have happened anyway.
Genevieve has been going there since 20 months of age, and she has another 2.5 years before K (in some ways, she seems like she would be closer, but she has a December birthday so K is the 2023-24 academic year).
So, we enrolled A for next year in part because a) we’ve been happy with the school (thus far it has been nurturing lovely place) and b) logistics. If all 3 are there, they could potentially be in one place for 5 years, as it goes to 8th grade. This means just one drop-off, pickup, calendar! This last aspect is more important than I would have thought — I hated that they had different spring breaks this year!
We did have her make the choice herself after a tour — if she had wanted to stay where she was, we would have made it work. But she honestly didn’t even hesitate. I don’t think she’s too worried about the social aspect; she has one very very close friend she will miss, but I think she will be able to remain friends with even if they no longer share a school. They might even eventually go to camp together . . . but that’s another post.
It is not one of the pricier private schools (there are some in our area that cost nearly double). It has a level of diversity similar to the public school — both are just over 50% White — and it is on the way to work for me. There is a focus on nature and G has been able to take swim lessons during the school day. We do not have plans to significantly change our childcare situation right now, but it does give us more flexibility with our nanny’s hours if she does not need to help out with drop off.
Honestly, we had not planned on making the switch and did choose the location of our rental (remember – we don’t own) for the excellent school district. And it is excellent! Annabel has had great experiences, and her teachers these past 2 years have been rock stars. But, here we are. And in truth I know nothing is permanent.
5- Not really related but maybe slightly from a financial standpoint: I’m going back to 1.0 FTE. I was at 0.8, then 0.9, and honestly now that I don’t always have to commute, I haven’t really ‘needed’ my 1 day off in 10. Laura and I have gotten podcasting down to a rather efficient science and I was finding myself doing work (often even going to work meetings) on my ‘off’ days anyway. I will be adding a small amount of clinical time back but my call was already 0.5 (or slightly higher) so that will stay the same.
WELL! Lots of flux around here. Honestly, I think it makes sense to really reassess all of life’s big moving parts every so often and make changes. I’m sure there will be more to come. HAPPY FRIDAY!