Fall approaches, and, here in Portland, the school doors open next week. For many of you, the school year is already underway — a reluctant transition for some, a relief for others. I know for me "back to school" brings recollections of my own childhood mixed with the practical realities of getting two kids ready for a big change. And the sweet promise of some time to myself, which I'm sorely missing.
It has been a difficult summer, as you might have surmised by the inconsistent posting at Parent Hacks and my abysmal response time. Some of it has been due to technical difficulties, but mostly it's because I'm in an extremely tough place parenting-wise. Without putting too fine a point on it: when your child is struggling, everything else fades into the background.
Parent Hacks — the blog, but more, the community that has grown around it — means too much to me to falter because of the ups and downs in my life. I'm constantly inspired by your intelligence and creativity and generosity. I'm so grateful for everything you bring to this site, and I'm sorry I haven't held up my end of the bargain in recent months. I trust this particular phase will be temporary and I'll be back on the blogging horse, so to speak, once school gets underway. I also have thoughts about adding community features to the site — I'll write those up in a separate post.
We've all had difficult days (months! years!) as parents. I know I have — that's what inspired Parent Hacks in the first place: the vague notion that someone had the answers I didn't. The hack I'm trying to remember right now is something my Mom told me the other day: It'll get better. It always does.