2020年5月16日 星期六

Grandparents to the Rescue

Grandkid duty can be ‘wonderful and exhausting’
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.

After nearly two months of attempting to do our jobs and also educate and care for our 7- and 3-year-olds full time, the cavalry arrived last week in the form of my parents. They are helping my husband and me with kid care, and when I saw them for the first time after our respective quarantines, I cried from joy and relief. They asked my 7-year-old how distance learning was going, and she said, “It was a mess before you got here.”

This week our own Dani Blum interviewed five grandmothers about their experiences caring for their grandchildren right now. We tried to get a grandpa in the mix, but the vast majority of respondents were grandmothers. So I decided to ask my Dad, who is a retired cardiologist, what it has been like to be with his grandkids every day. “It’s been [pause, sigh] interesting,” he said. “I miss the ease of retirement. And going to work was a lot easier. But it has been really rewarding.”

Also this week, our reporter Christina Caron has a piece about how to deal with your kids fighting with their siblings all day. Melinda Wenner Moyer has guidance about how to talk to your children about illness and death during the pandemic. Aneesa Bodiat has a lovely essay about how she’s introducing religion to her kids. “I’m a Muslim woman trying to raise my children on a varied diet of faith and modernism, a halal Islamic lifestyle with a global worldview,” she wrote, which leaves room for both prayer mats and “Peppa Pig.” Finally, we have a piece from Keren Landman about the needs of kids whose siblings have disabilities. Keren grew up with a brother who has autism, and she gives excellent advice about how to make sure siblings thrive.

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Thanks for reading!

— Jessica Grose, lead editor, NYT Parenting

P.S. Today’s “One Thing” comes from Michelle Christensen, a mom in Salt Lake City. Shaving cream has been “a godsend” she said. “I put my 2-year-old in the bathtub and spray half a can in there and she spends at least 20 minutes playing in it. Then I fill the tub with water and she plays for another hour or so in that.”

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