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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
How Parents Can Ask for More Flexibility at Work

How Parents Can Ask for More Flexibility at Work

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Photo: Maria Svetlychnaja (Shutterstock)It’s interesting how much we used to talk about the need for work-life balance, back when things were actually kind of balanced. Sure, many of us were stressed and spread thin in pre-pandemic times, but there was a set time for work and a time for family and a time for self-care,…
Parents of Kindergarteners: Are You OK?

Parents of Kindergarteners: Are You OK?

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Photo: NDAB Creativity (Shutterstock)I wrote a post yesterday about the “COVID slide”—the concern among many parents that our kids will fall behind (or more behind) academically during all these months of virtual learning. The truth is that this year has been hell for parents and their children who have been isolated from their friends and…
Are You Worried About the ‘COVID Slide’?

Are You Worried About the ‘COVID Slide’?

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Photo: VTT Studio (Shutterstock)This pandemic has provided parents with a grab-bag of things to worry about on any given day. There’s the obvious concern about our children (or ourselves, or their grandparents) actually contracting the virus. There is the toll that isolation may be taking on their mental health. The lack of in-person connection to…
Start Rebuilding Your Parenting Village

Start Rebuilding Your Parenting Village

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Photo: Rawpixel.com (Shutterstock)There has been a lot written recently about the deep isolation that so many parents feel, especially those who are working full-time from home with children who are also learning from home. I’ve avoided clicking on most of these pieces because it seemed futile to dwell on it. Of course we’re isolated, and…
Train Your Kid to Shame Adults Who Don’t Wear Masks

Train Your Kid to Shame Adults Who Don’t Wear Masks

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Photo: Casezy idea (Shutterstock)Evil WeekEvil WeekWelcome to Evil Week, our annual dive into all the slightly sketchy hacks we'd usually refrain from recommending. Want to weasel your way into free drinks, play elaborate mind games, or, er, launder some money? We've got all the info you need to be successfully unsavory.I’m not saying that we,…
Transform Your Home Into a Virtual Haunted House on Halloween

Transform Your Home Into a Virtual Haunted House on Halloween

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Photo: Joe Prachatree (Shutterstock)I’m going to make a radical statement: I think Halloween will be more fun for kids this year, not less fun. Of all the things this year has taken from us and our kids, I am feeling a true revolt out there against the idea that social distancing will also take away…
How to Help Kids With ADHD Learn From Home

How to Help Kids With ADHD Learn From Home

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We all have our own unique challenges during this time; no one is completely free from the stress a pandemic brings. But parents of kids with ADHD in particular struggled with—and perhaps gave up entirely on—virtual learning when things first shut down this spring. Unfortunately, that “oh, who even gives a shit anymore” attitude that…
I’m Parenting an Anxious Child During the Pandemic and I’m Overwhelmed—Please Help

I’m Parenting an Anxious Child During the Pandemic and I’m Overwhelmed—Please...

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For many families, the deeper we get into this pandemic, the harder it gets. We like to talk about our “new normal,” but the idea that any of this is close to “normal” can also feel like some kind of cruel joke. Parents are still working and taking care of multiple children (some of whom…
Your Teenager Needs a Hug Right Now

Your Teenager Needs a Hug Right Now

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Photo: Radu Bighian / EyeEm (Getty Images)Our teenagers, like the rest of us, are struggling. They’ve been stuck at home, having lost the ability to socialize with their friends in person in any sort of normal way—right at the time when their relationships outside of the home have become so important to them. What they’ve…
How to Trick-or-Treat Inside Your Home

How to Trick-or-Treat Inside Your Home

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Photo: svetikd (Getty Images)Each month of parenting during a pandemic brings with it a slew of questions parents never thought they’d have to ask themselves. Will my kid actually meet his teacher in person this year? They’ll take their masks off for school pictures, right? And now, of course, there’s, Can my kids even go trick-or-treating?…

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