2020年10月3日 星期六

Keeping Halloween Alive in a Ghoulish Year

We need to stay united in our love for scaring children.
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.
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It feels strange to be talking about anything other than politics this weekend, but the great thing about kids is that they care much, much more that Halloween is canceled than they do about a chaotic Presidential race. Personally, I thought I would feel relieved that the holiday I call “preschool Mardi Gras” is not happening in a big way this year, as it would save me from the guilt I get about being a washout at costume-making. But I actually feel incredibly sad, as it’s just one more beat of a typical year that has gone missing in the strange, discordant song that is 2020.

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You know what made me feel better? Reading Erik Vance’s sweet and hilarious piece about how much he loves to scare children on Halloween. “Even in politically polarized, economically depressed and uncertain times like these, we need to come together (in a socially distanced way) and remember we are one country, united in a love of giving out sweets and making children wet their Paw Patrol costumes,” writes Erik, who is not only a staff editor for Parenting, but also “a part-time Christmas elf, assistant chocolatier to the Easter Bunny and aspiring undead ghoul.”

Also new this week: Simone Gorrindo’s beautiful piece about how difficult the pandemic has been for military families like hers, particularly when her husband was deployed; Danielle Braff on how not to be a remote-learning helicopter parent; and Danna Lorch’s essay about how lonely it is when you’re immunocompromised, because “everyone has become too afraid to see us or let their kids play with our kid.” Additionally, Isobel Whitcomb wrote a heartbreaking piece about families struggling to teach their children amid the devastation wrought by wild fires in Oregon, and we have a piece from Shoshana Kordova about a common anxiety condition among preschoolers called selective mutism, which goes beyond shyness but is treatable.

Thanks for reading.

— Jessica Grose, lead editor, NYT Parenting

P.S. The Times is looking for stories about the experiences of Black parents during the pandemic. If you’d like to be interviewed, fill out this form and a reporter may be in touch.

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