New York Times: The Primal Scream

New York Times: The Primal Scream. “The pandemic has touched every group of Americans, and millions are suffering, hungry and grieving. But many mothers in particular get no space or time to recover. The impact is not just about mothers’ fate as workers, though the economic fallout of these pandemic years might have lifelong consequences. The pandemic is also a mental health crisis for mothers that fervently needs to be addressed, or at the very least acknowledged.”

People: Over Two-Thirds of Parents Have to Use Google to Help Kids with Schoolwork, Study Finds

People: Over Two-Thirds of Parents Have to Use Google to Help Kids with Schoolwork, Study Finds. “A survey of 2,000 American parents with school-aged children asked how sharp their math skills were and how they approach their kid’s assignments. Results found that although 79 percent of parents surveyed can recall the things they learned in school, nearly as many (70 percent) parents said it’s harder for them to solve their kid’s math homework today.”

New York Times: Three American Mothers, On The Brink

New York Times: Three American Mothers, On The Brink. “Three mothers, in three different parts of the country. They are stressed, burned out, unraveling at the seams the pandemic has exposed. We began following them in September. The mothers have kept logs of their time — by text, email and audio — and sat for dozens of interviews. What has emerged is a story of chaos and resilience, resentment and persistence, and of course, hope. In other words: What it means to be a mother.”

NYC Department of Education: Chancellor Carranza Launches Parent University, New Online Resource for Families

NYC Department of Education: Chancellor Carranza Launches Parent University, New Online Resource for Families. “Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today launched Parent University, a new online platform that offers a centralized catalog of courses, live events, and activities to help connect with families and support students. The platforms offers all New York City parents and guardians access to live and on-demand courses and resources across multiple discipline areas and grade bands.”

Coronavirus: Sesame Street launches storylines to help parents through the pandemic (Nursery World)

Nursery World: Coronavirus: Sesame Street launches storylines to help parents through the pandemic . “The three organisations have come together to launch the Parenting Partnership, which will be rolled out to address the specific needs of parents and carers worldwide. The first phase of the partnership involves newly-created Sesame Street content, available in ten languages, which address common issues, such as adapting to spending more time in the home together, and not being able to socialise with friends.”

Disability Scoop: ‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Wear Face Masks

Disability Scoop: ‘Sesame Street’ Helping Kids With Autism Learn To Wear Face Masks. “The videos show Julia going on a virtual playdate with Elmo, practicing wearing a face mask during a video call with her dad and learning to deal with changes as she visits the park for the first time in a long time. In addition to the videos, Sesame Workshop is also offering articles and stories to help parents and caregivers support their kids on the spectrum as they deal with changes in routine.”

Michigan Health: 1 in 3 Parents Plan to Skip Flu Shots for Their Kids During COVID-19 Pandemic

Michigan Health: 1 in 3 Parents Plan to Skip Flu Shots for Their Kids During COVID-19 Pandemic. “The pandemic doesn’t seem to be changing parents’ minds about the importance of the flu vaccine. It could be a double whammy flu season this year as the nation already faces a viral deadly disease with nearly twin symptoms. And while public health experts have emphasized the importance of people of all ages receiving seasonal flu vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents may not be getting that message.”

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.”