2020年12月19日 星期六

Secret Snacking for the Win

Why hiding in the pantry with your favorite food can be therapeutic.
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.
Golden Cosmos

Early in the pandemic, I discovered that your car can provide a fantastic refuge for the inconvenient emotions you are stuffing down in front of your children. While a sedan is still a good place to muffle your tears, this week, Virginia Sole-Smith tells us about another use for the humble automobile: It can be the site of a secret and restorative food ritual, like scarfing down grocery store sushi.

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“It does not matter what the food is, as long as you love it and can find a time to eat it all by yourself. If you can leave your house to do it, even better, but it is absolutely acceptable to hide in your pantry and eat saltine crackers covered in strawberry jelly,” Virginia writes. (Personally, I eat my secret stash of chocolate in the pantry, and I never, ever share.)

Also this week, Katharine Gammon explores the guilt, anxiety and stress that pregnant people experience when they catch Covid-19. Brianna Bell has an essay about what it has been like to live through the pandemic as a parent with pre-existing agoraphobia. Melinda Wenner Moyer has tips for squashing sibling fights.

Jenny Gross looks at a sampling of the 23,000 letters the U.S. Postal Service has received this year that were addressed to Santa. You can anonymously provide for a child in need by adopting their wish list through the Postal Service’s Operation Santa.

Finally, I’m beyond pleased to introduce the Primal Scream Line. It’s part of a bigger project on the hardships of pandemic parenting that we’re cooking up in 2021, and it is pretty self-explanatory: Click here or call 212-556-3800, and after the beep, the floor is yours to yell, laugh, cry or vent for a solid minute. No judgment. We’re here for all of it.

Thanks for reading!

— Jessica Grose, columnist, NYT Parenting

P.S. We had a tech glitch, so you may have missed Wednesday’s newsletter, which is about how to get your kid to bathe: Read “Smells Like Tween Armpit” here.

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