BuzzFeed News: Parents Who Double As Essential Workers Are Struggling More Than Ever. Here Are Their Stories.

BuzzFeed News: Parents Who Double As Essential Workers Are Struggling More Than Ever. Here Are Their Stories.. “Essential workers have found it hard to collect unemployment benefits if they stop working to care for their families. Those who can afford professional childcare, and are willing to deal with the risks, have found it difficult to find open spots. Around the country, thousands of childcare centers have closed as work-from-home parents withdrew their children, unintentionally impacting parents unable to keep their children home. Enrollment at childcare programs is down by an average of 67% nationwide and only 18% of programs expect that they will survive longer than a year, according to a June survey by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.”

Class Of COVID-19: The Horrifying Sadness Of Sending My Kids To College During A Pandemic (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: Class Of COVID-19: The Horrifying Sadness Of Sending My Kids To College During A Pandemic. “I have two daughters, twins. They have been and will always be the best thing my wife and I have ever done. I am so hopeful and excited for them. I am so excited to see the adults they are becoming. But I am terrified for them as well. Heading off to college mid-pandemic with no end in sight.”

Pandemic parenting: Choosing educational apps and balancing screen time with remote learning (Mashable)

Mashable: Pandemic parenting: Choosing educational apps and balancing screen time with remote learning. “The most serious concern with screen time is that you don’t want a child to experience negative mental health effects of too much time inside the bubble of social media. This is a hard line to walk right now as many kids and teens are otherwise cut off from their friends. Balance among social media, other screen time, exercise, schoolwork, and hobbies is still the goal. But screen time can be a wonderfully rewarding and enriching activity when done conscientiously. It can even help kids cope with the changes in their lives right now.”

New York Times: Parents Got More Time Off. Then the Backlash Started.

New York Times: Parents Got More Time Off. Then the Backlash Started.. “When the coronavirus closed schools and child care centers and turned American parenthood into a multitasking nightmare, many tech companies rushed to help their employees. They used their comfortable profit margins to extend workers new benefits, including extra time off for parents to help them care for their children. It wasn’t long before employees without children started to ask: What about us?”

‘I’m Only One Human Being’: Parents Brace for a Go-It-Alone School Year (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘I’m Only One Human Being’: Parents Brace for a Go-It-Alone School Year. “Just one in seven parents said their children would be returning to school full time this fall, and for most children, remote school requires hands-on help from an adult at home. Yet four in five parents said they would have no in-person help educating and caring for them, whether from relatives, neighbors, nannies or tutors, according to the survey, administered by Morning Consult. And more than half of parents will be taking on this second, unpaid job at the same time they’re holding down paid work.”

Parentology: New Instagram Tool For Parents – The Scholastic Bookshelf

Parentology: New Instagram Tool For Parents – The Scholastic Bookshelf. “With uncertain school starts, virtual learning, and forced “family time,” pandemic-ridden parents need all the help they can get. Luckily, Scholastic Books, an educational and recreational reading mainstay for 100 years, just launched an innovative and very user-friendly Instagram tool — the Scholastic Bookshelf. Got stories? Yes. But it’s also designed to make those difficult and awkward questions kids are asking nowadays a bit easier to manage.”

New York Times: I Was a Screen Time Expert. Then the Coronavirus Happened.

New York Times: I Was a Screen Time Expert. Then the Coronavirus Happened.. “Before the pandemic, I was a parenting expert. It was a cushy gig. In 2019, I boarded 34 flights. I checked into nice hotels, put on makeup and fitted jewel-toned dresses, strode onto stages large and dinky, and tried to project authoritative calm. I told worried parents about the nine signs of tech overuse, like ditching sleep for screens. I advised them to write a ‘family media contract’ and trust, but verify, their tweens’ doings online. While I was on the road, my two daughters were enjoying modest, cute little doses of Peppa Pig and Roblox, in between happily attending school, preschool, after-school activities and play dates, safe in the care of their father, grandmother and our full-time nanny. Now, like Socrates, I know better. I know that I know nothing.”

Vogue: In Quarantine, Where Does Control End and Bliss Begin?

Vogue: In Quarantine, Where Does Control End and Bliss Begin?. “I can’t place it; life keeps slipping in and out of focus. One minute it seems perfectly clear how and even why we fell off a ledge—the country got a dangerous president, impeachment didn’t stop him; then this devastating contagion, the murder of George Floyd, the uprising of the protesters, the brutality of the police, and always the sadism from the White House. The next minute I’m sitting on the porch, watching a ragged squirrel, and I just can’t fathom it.”

Poynter: With schools closed and Americans heading back to work, a day care crisis is looming

Poynter: With schools closed and Americans heading back to work, a day care crisis is looming. “Dr. Anthony Fauci gave senators conflicting advice this week. On one hand, he said the number of COVID-19 deaths and infections are ‘going to be very disturbing.’ But he also said, “I feel very strongly we need to do whatever we can to get the children back to school.” As workplaces begin to open up in some places, the pandemic’s economic aftereffects are closing day care centers nationwide.”

The Bump: There’s Now a Britannica Website for All Your Parenting Questions

The Bump: There’s Now a Britannica Website for All Your Parenting Questions. “Britannica for Parents is a new website offering information, resources and advice from trusted experts in the field of child development and early education. The site aims to help parents make good decisions about how to raise curious young learners and provide guidance in helping their children navigate the digital landscape.”

New York Times: After the Virus Came, 22 Parents Moved Into Their Children’s Hospital

New York Times: After the Virus Came, 22 Parents Moved Into Their Children’s Hospital. “Ultimately, 20 mothers and two fathers moved into St. Mary’s, in the Bayside neighborhood, bringing pajamas, sweatpants, toiletries, vitamins and laptops. Most now have been there for nearly three months, sleeping on recliners in their children’s rooms and becoming immersed in their care — and sharing just one shower.”

WBUR: With Child Care Restrictions, Many Wonder If Parents Will Return To Group Care

WBUR: With Child Care Restrictions, Many Wonder If Parents Will Return To Group Care. “As child care providers figure out how to reopen under new public health rules, many parents are considering whether to send their kids back to group care. And some providers are wondering if the entire market could shift to home-based care. The biggest challenge may be keeping kids apart.”

‘I had to choose being a mother’: With no child care or summer camps, women are being edged out of the workforce (The Lily)

The Lily: ‘I had to choose being a mother’: With no child care or summer camps, women are being edged out of the workforce. “If day cares closed because of the novel coronavirus, Aimee Rae Hannaford expected her family to fare better than most. She worked full time as the chief executive of a tech company while her husband stayed home. He’d been taking some time off from his own tech career, managing a rental property while considering his options. He could look after their 3-year-old son, she thought — at least for a while. ‘That lasted a grand total of three days,’ Hannaford said.”

ProPublica: What Parents Should Know About Coronavirus as Kids Return to Babysitters, Day Cares and Camps

ProPublica: What Parents Should Know About Coronavirus as Kids Return to Babysitters, Day Cares and Camps. “Instead of coming home with a snotty nose, is your child going to bring back the coronavirus? And how do you know your in-home babysitter or nanny, even your child’s teacher, isn’t a symptom-free spreader? The short answer is that there are no easy answers. Every family’s budget and needs and risk tolerance are going to be different. ProPublica scoured the latest research and talked to seven infectious disease and public health experts to help think through the issues facing parents.”

Phys .org: Coronavirus has led to major change in attitudes about parental responsibility for children’s education

Phys .org: Coronavirus has led to major change in attitudes about parental responsibility for children’s education. “School closures have led to a change in attitudes among parents about who should be responsible for their child’s education, a major new survey shows. Families are more likely to think they should be involved in their child’s education since the coronavirus pandemic began, the research, from the Centre for Social Mobility at the University of Exeter, shows.”