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Sunday, June 20, 2021
How to Communicate With Kids When You’re Wearing a Mask

How to Communicate With Kids When You’re Wearing a Mask

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Photo: Drazen Zigic (Shutterstock)“Mask-muffle” is a term I just made up, but it’s a real thing. If the cloth is meant to block a bunch of tiny respiratory droplets, it’s bound to muffle our words a bit, too. It can be hard enough to catch every word when you’re standing close to someone in a…
Create a Schedule of Little Things to Look Forward To

Create a Schedule of Little Things to Look Forward To

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Photo: enciktepstudio (Shutterstock)What so many families need right now is structure mixed with some flexibility—plus a little bit of joy sprinkled on top. That’s what prompted one member of the Offspring Facebook group to create a small family schedule of little things to look forward to. And it’s something we can all easily replicate.Laura explains…
Now Is Not the Time for ‘Mom Shaming’

Now Is Not the Time for ‘Mom Shaming’

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Photo: Elizaveta Lavrik (Shutterstock)I became a mom about a decade ago, during the time of the so-called “Mommy Wars,” when parenting bloggers—the vast majority of which were women—often used their social media platforms to promote their style of parenting. During this time, women felt pressed to find their “tribe.” Their exclusive breastfeeding tribe, their working…
How Are You Combating Your Kid’s Zoom Fatigue?

How Are You Combating Your Kid’s Zoom Fatigue?

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Photo: SUPERMAO (Shutterstock)Back in the spring, it didn’t take long for my 9-year-old son to develop a condition I’ve come to think of as Zoom Fatigue. He didn’t mind completing his classwork online and he didn’t mind the academic schedule I put together for him. But when came time to Zoom with his class? Dude…
Watch Sesame Street and CNN’s Back-to-School Town Hall

Watch Sesame Street and CNN’s Back-to-School Town Hall

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Photo: VIAVAL TOURS (Shutterstock)Sesame Street and CNN are partnering up for all our emotional needs this year, first with the virtual COVID-19 town hall, then with the one on racism, and now a town hall as we navigate the back-to-school season with our little kids during a pandemic. The 60-minute special, “The ABCs of Back…
Keep Your Kid’s Mask on a Lanyard

Keep Your Kid’s Mask on a Lanyard

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Photo: Justin Paget (Getty Images)Lanyards are often used to keep our most precious objects—keys, for example, or a whistle if you’re a coach or referee—safe and easily accessible. And there is nothing our kids need more now to keep safe and easily accessible than their masks. That’s why, especially if they are young or prone…
Remember, You Are Not Your Child’s Teacher

Remember, You Are Not Your Child’s Teacher

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Photo: Oleksandr Berezko (Shutterstock)Back-ish to SchoolBack-ish to SchoolNormally we're sending kids back into the classroom right about now, but nothing is normal this year. This week we're exploring ways to help manage our domestic and academic new normals.The other day, I randomly came across a post I wrote way back at the beginning of April…
How to Help When Your Child Is the New Kid in a Virtual Classroom

How to Help When Your Child Is the New Kid in...

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Photo: Monkey Business Images (Shutterstock)Back-ish to SchoolBack-ish to SchoolNormally we're sending kids back into the classroom right about now, but nothing is normal this year. This week we're exploring ways to help manage our domestic and academic new normals.This school year is going to be downright bizarre. There is a lot of new in our…
You Don’t Need to Go Crazy Disinfecting Your Kids After School

You Don’t Need to Go Crazy Disinfecting Your Kids After School

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Photo: FamVeld (Shutterstock)Back-ish to SchoolBack-ish to SchoolNormally we're sending kids back into the classroom right about now, but nothing is normal this year. This week we're exploring ways to help manage our domestic and academic new normals.Back in March, when COVID-19 was almost completely mysterious, I spent an insane amount of time disinfecting everything in…
How Are Your Tweens Staying Active Right Now?

How Are Your Tweens Staying Active Right Now?

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Staying physically active during the pandemic has been a struggle for many of us. Gyms are shut down, bikes are sold out; even strolling through a park seemed like too much of a gamble for a while. But I have seen how it has been especially hard for the tweens who suddenly lost all their…

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