2021年7月10日 星期六

Plan a Summer Microadventure

Families can find awe locally, kids face climate curveballs at camp, and more from NYT Parenting.
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.
Golden Cosmos

That family trip to the beach this summer may offer a long-awaited respite from the boredom of hunkering down during the pandemic. But if you're short on vacation time, and looking to stay closer to home, consider a microadventure.

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This week, Emily Pennington argues that outdoor fun doesn't have to be had on a Grand Canyon-scale. A microadventure, which could mean simply exploring your own backyard, can easily spark awe — an emotion that may have gone missing in our lives.

"Awe basically shuts down self-interest and self-representation and the nagging voice of the self," said Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. "That's different from feeling pride or amusement or just feeling good. It's like, 'I'm after something sacred.'"

Summer camps are open and offering kids the opportunity for adventure after pandemic isolation, but another emergency is keeping campers from fully enjoying the great outdoors — climate change.

"Rising temperatures, wildfire smoke, shifting species ranges and more are introducing risks, and camps are struggling to adapt," writes John Schwartz, a climate reporter. "And with deadly heat waves, like the one in the Pacific Northwest, dealing with extreme heat is becoming a necessity to keep campers safe."

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New York City parents are happily signing their children up for the adventure that is in-person learning this summer. "While last summer's city learning program, fully virtual, enrolled 177,000 students, about 201,000 children are enrolled in this year's in-person program so far," report Emma Goldberg and Precious Fondren.

While you may have booked a camp slot and helped plan a packed academic schedule for the fall, it's not your job to save your kid from boredom, Shalini Shankar contends in Opinion.

Also this week, writer Joyce Maynard says that more than 30 years after her divorce she realizes growing up in a "broken home" didn't break her children's spirits, and fellow novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen offers advice for artists whose parents want them to be engineers.

Finally, parents never stop wanting to help their children through tough times, even when those kids become young adults. Julie Halpert offers ways to support adult children who are grappling with mental health challenges.

Thanks for reading!

— Melonyce McAfee, senior editor, NYT Parenting

THIS WEEK IN NYT PARENTING

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Climate Change Is Making It Harder for Campers to Beat the Heat

Burn bans, flashlight campfires, extreme heat and stronger rainstorms: Today's campers are experiencing their summer fun against the backdrop of climate change.

By John Schwartz

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Andrea D'Aquino

How to Support Adult Children Struggling With Mental Health

Expert advice on how to gently offer help and compassion.

By Julie Halpert

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John Tully for The New York Times

Who Needs the Grand Canyon? Try a Microadventure.

How to find a sense of awe and discover a miraculous world right outside your door.

By Emily Pennington

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Anamaria Morris

Guest Essay

A 'Broken Home' Didn't Break Me, or My Kids

Three decades after her divorce, the novelist Joyce Maynard celebrates what would have been her 44th wedding anniversary. 

By Joyce Maynard

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Jose A. Alvarado Jr. for The New York Times

Who's Happy About In-Person Summer School? N.Y.C. Parents.

With low virus rates easing safety concerns, more than 200,000 children have been enrolled in the city's summer learning program.

By Emma Goldberg and Precious Fondren

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María Medem

Guest Essay

Advice for Artists Whose Parents Want Them to Be Engineers

How to follow your heart, even if it disappoints your parents.

By Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Nicholas Konrad/The New York Times

Guest Essay

A Packed Schedule Doesn't Really 'Enrich' Your Child

Overscheduling them with extracurriculars or putting them in front of screens aren't the only choices.

By Shalini Shankar

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Tiny Victories

Parenting can be a grind. Let's celebrate the tiny victories.

My 4-year-old constantly wants to run ahead of me in parking lots. Remembering my fondness for the "Super Friends" cartoons from my youth, I told him we were part of a secret group of superheroes, and that we need to hold hands to activate our powers whenever we walk near cars. Now he eagerly grabs for my hand while shouting, "Wonder Twin powers, activate!" after we park our car. — Jane Cannici, Morristown, N.J.

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