2021年8月21日 星期六

4 Ways Parents Can Calm Their Back-To-School Fears

A psychiatrist on how to manage your worries; a counterintuitive viewpoint on kids and masks; and more from NYT Parenting.
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.
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If you are the parent of a school-aged child, you have probably found yourself ruminating lately about the effectiveness of masks, how realistic social distancing is among kindergartners or whether your kid's coughing fit will spell disaster.

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Dr. Pooja Lakshmin, a psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health and a frequent contributor to NYT Parenting, has noticed her patients are dipping back into a well of worry after the short period of relief following the release of the Covid vaccines.

This week, Dr. Lakshmin shares four techniques that she uses with her patients to calm back-to-school fears. They include: anticipating your triggers; practicing psychological flexibility; acknowledging hard truths; and finding meaning in trauma.

Parents are not the only ones who are nervous about schools reopening. What was supposed to be a return to normal has become a politicized, bewildering start for all involved, write Dana Goldstein and Tariro Mzezewa. Meanwhile, Dr. Perri Klass has advice on how to prep kids for a potentially bumpy return to class.

While parents, politicians and educators are clashing about whether mask mandates in schools are a good idea, Judith Danovitch, a research psychologist who studies the cognitive and social development of children, argues in Opinion that wearing a mask can actually help your child learn.

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A new study has found that babies and toddlers spread the virus more easily within households than teens do. "The findings can be explained, at least in part, by behavioral factors, experts said, including the fact that very young children require lots of hands-on care and cannot be isolated when they are sick," Emily Anthes writes.

On a sweeter note, basketball superstar Breanna Stewart shared her baby story, along with her wife, Marta Xargay, this week. The pair surprised basketball fans by revealing that they welcomed a daughter, Ruby, via gestational surrogate just two days after Breanna and the U.S. women's team won Olympic gold in Tokyo.

Thanks for reading!

— Melonyce McAfee, senior editor, NYT Parenting

THIS WEEK IN NYT PARENTING

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Kezia Gabriella

4 Ways Parents Can Calm Their Back-To-School Fears

A psychiatrist offers these tools to her patients who worry that Delta will disrupt the school year.

By Pooja Lakshmin

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Oscar Nimmo

How to Prep Kids for a Potentially Bumpy Return to School

Family vaccinations, universal masking, routines and compassion will be key.

By Perri Klass, M.D.

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George Etheredge for The New York Times

Guest Essay

Actually, Wearing a Mask Can Help Your Child Learn

Ideally, face coverings wouldn't be necessary in school. But for now, they present an educational opportunity.

By Judith Danovitch

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David Degner for The New York Times

Babies and Toddlers Spread Virus in Homes More Easily Than Teens, Study Finds

Although young children bring the coronavirus home less often than teens do, their close contact with caregivers may make them likelier to transmit it.

By Emily Anthes

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Sports of The Times

Breanna Stewart's Golden Journey to Motherhood

"I went from one emotion to the next," the W.N.B.A. star said. "From winning a gold medal to realizing, OK, I'm going home, and my daughter is going to be born in less than 24 hours."

By Kurt Streeter

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Matthew Busch for The New York Times

Doubts, Anger and Anxiety: What It's Like to Go to School Now

What was supposed to be a new, relatively normal year has become a politicized, bewildering experience for many parents, students and educators.

By Dana Goldstein and Tariro Mzezewa

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Tiny Victories

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

My 2-year-old has a new favorite game called "Night, Night." She gets snug under the covers, lays down for a bit, and then pops up to say: "Good morning! What a sunny day!" Since it means I get to lie down for a minute, it's my new favorite game, too. — Briana James, Oakland, Calif.

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