Nearly 120,000 children in US have lost a primary caregiver to COVID-19: Internal CDC data (ABC News)

ABC News: Nearly 120,000 children in US have lost a primary caregiver to COVID-19: Internal CDC data. “An estimated 119,000 children across the country have lost a primary caregiver due to COVID-19 associated death, and more than 140,000 children experienced the death of a primary or secondary caregiver, defined as co-residing grandparents or kin, according to data in an internal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document obtained exclusively by ABC News.”

Arizona State University: Practical tools from award-winning ASU program made accessible online to parents of bereaved children

Arizona State University: Practical tools from award-winning ASU program made accessible online to parents of bereaved children. “The practical tools that are now available on the new website promote four key aspects of bereaved parenting. The foundation is self-care: parents’ ability to be kind to themselves during this time when they are grieving. The second tool teaches simple activities parents can use to help build stronger bonds with their children. The third involves basic communication tools to help children open up and share more. And the fourth focuses on tools to help parents respond in a way that helps children feel understood.”

Penn State News: Twitter data unveils issues nursing mothers face, informs proposed interventions

Penn State News: Twitter data unveils issues nursing mothers face, informs proposed interventions. “Social media has become a platform for new mothers to openly share their experiences of the joys and challenges of parenthood. Researchers at Penn State and Dalhousie University have unraveled the sentiments in nursing mothers’ tweets to better understand the factors influencing breastfeeding behaviors. They hope the findings can inform policies and interventions to support and improve resources for nursing mothers, such as breastfeeding support, workplace accommodations and technological aids such as apps.”

Why you just can’t choose: Parenting through pandemic decision fatigue (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Why you just can’t choose: Parenting through pandemic decision fatigue. “Drive on icy roads for grocery pickup or try to cancel the order? Pay the nonrefundable deposit on summer camp or wait? Send kids to school or suffer remote learning? Keep or cancel the client meeting with spotty Internet? These are just a few of the many decisions Austin mom Jenny Lemmons Magic had to make over a few days in February. The 40-year-old mother of two boys, ages 4 and 8, went on Facebook and shared these and other tough choices in a post that started: ‘”Decision fatigue” will be how I remember this season of my life.’”

New York Times: Should You Worry About Your Kid’s Pandemic Weight Gain?

New York Times: Should You Worry About Your Kid’s Pandemic Weight Gain?. “Last spring, scientists predicted that the Covid-19 pandemic might contribute to a rise in children’s body weight, because of school closures and families hunkering down with comfort foods, lacking access to healthful meal options and exercising less. Yet while we know that childhood hunger has risen precipitously during the pandemic, we don’t have much data on whether children’s body sizes have changed in the past year.”

Poll: Over Three-Quarters of Parents Support School Reopening (Route Fifty)

Route Fifty: Poll: Over Three-Quarters of Parents Support School Reopening. “An online Gallup poll conducted in mid-February found that 79% of overall respondents supported in-person schooling in their communities at that time. The share of people who felt that way was even higher among working parents (82%) and Republicans (94%). But even among parents who aren’t working and Democrats, majorities—71% and 62% respectively—said they thought it was time for kids to go back to classrooms.”

82% of fathers say they could have used more emotional support during pandemic — 68% of mothers say the same: study (CNBC)

CNBC: 82% of fathers say they could have used more emotional support during pandemic — 68% of mothers say the same: study. “Parents could use some extra support during the pandemic, both emotional and logistical. But fathers are significantly more likely to say they need emotional support throughout the pandemic than mothers, according to a new survey from the American Psychological Association.”

CBS News: The COVID baby boom is looking more like a baby bust

CBS News: The COVID baby boom is looking more like a baby bust. “Provisional birth rate data provided to CBS News by 29 state health departments shows a roughly 7.3% decline in births in December 2020, nine months after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. California, the most populous state, reported a 10.2% decline, falling to 32,910 births in December from 36,651 the year prior. In the same time frame, births declined by 30.4% in Hawaii.”

Washington University in St. Louis: School closures ‘sideline’ working mothers

Washington University in St. Louis: School closures ‘sideline’ working mothers. “Decades of feminist gains in the workforce have been undermined by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has upended public education across the United States, a critical infrastructure of care that parents — especially mothers — depend on to work, according to new research from Washington University in St. Louis.”

Washington Post: Millions couldn’t afford diapers before the pandemic. Now, diaper banks can’t keep up.

Washington Post: Millions couldn’t afford diapers before the pandemic. Now, diaper banks can’t keep up.. “Chelesa Presley is deeply familiar with the struggles of young families, first from her years as a social worker and now from running a nonprofit in one of Mississippi’s poorest regions. She’s used to the questions about car seats, nursing and colicky babies, but paying for diapers is always the chronic and most-pressing worry. ‘I see parents not putting anything on their babies because they don’t have diapers,’ she said. ‘I’ve seen people use shopping bags with some rags in it. I’ve seen T-shirts. I’ve seen people keeping the diapers on longer than necessary, and the diapers sag down when the babies walk.’”

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.”