2020年11月14日 星期六

The Year in Pandemic Parenting

Portraits of fear, resilience and hope.
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.
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As my home state seems to be entering another wave of coronavirus infections, and social restrictions are tightening back up, I’m both bracing for a long, aggravating winter and marveling at the resilience of my family, as well as folks across the country who have been rolling with a bizarre and painful year. Dani Blum spoke to several American families about how they parented through grief, illness and anxiety, and still managed to revel in the closeness and warmth that quarantine brought.

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Monica Bridges of Raleigh, N.C., is a good example of these warring emotions. She’s back at work at Starbucks after taking maternity leave for her second son, and her husband is a manager at The Cheesecake Factory. “Sometimes I worry about going to bed,” she told Dani. “Because I don’t want to wake up to another day where there’s still Covid.” At the same time, she feels “fortunate” because her baby is healthy and her 4-year-old is “mostly carefree.” We’re all counting whatever blessings we can muster, including a vaccine on the horizon.

Also new this week: Are you getting pressured by your family to travel for Thanksgiving? Christina Caron offers advice for smoothing over hurt feelings and staying safe. Are you struggling to co-parent with an ex during the pandemic? Jill Waldbieser has guidance for how to navigate a whole new set of disagreements. Why are some children who didn’t have coronavirus turning up with antibodies? Gina Kolata investigates a provocative new study. Virginia Sole-Smith wonders whether schools are teaching kids how to diet in ways that might be harmful for their body image. Janet Manley asks: What does friendship mean to little kids? And can it survive social distancing?

Finally, Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, starts today. And Pooja Makhijani has a lovely article on how to make this year’s celebration special, even in a dark time.

Thanks for reading!

— Jessica Grose, lead editor, NYT Parenting

P.S. A lot of parenting questions boil down to: Is this a thing, or is something wrong? We’re doing an occasional series explaining why certain things seem to happen to your kid (or to your body or to your relationships) as your child grows. If you have a question for a future “Is this a thing?” email us.

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Put both kids and a bucket of toys in the freshly cleaned shower and they played while I finished cleaning the rest of the bathroom. I managed to get cooperative sibling play, clean kiddos AND a clean bathroom — triple win! — Patricia Saunders, Asheville, N.C.

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