Morning Consult: Millennials Were Already Putting Off Having Children. Then the Pandemic Hit.

Morning Consult: Millennials Were Already Putting Off Having Children. Then the Pandemic Hit.. “According to a new Morning Consult survey, 17 percent of 572 millennials (those ages 24 to 39) who don’t have children said they would further delay having them because of the pandemic, and 15 percent said they are less interested in having children at all because of COVID-19. Only 7 percent of this group said they are more interested in having children due to the pandemic.”

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.”

Cullman Times: State creates new website to help families

Cullman Times: State creates new website to help families. “Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced the creation of Alabama Family Central a comprehensive, easy-to-use web and mobile destination that offers parents and families, guardians, teachers and caregivers a one-stop connection to programs and services in Alabama. Information on childcare, education, family services and health services can all be found here.”

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.”

CNN: Parents send student to school while knowingly infected with coronavirus, mayor says

CNN: Parents send student to school while knowingly infected with coronavirus, mayor says. “Almost 30 teenagers have to quarantine after parents sent their child to a Massachusetts school despite knowing they were positive with Covid-19, according to Attleboro Public Schools and the town’s mayor. A Covid-19 positive student attended class on Monday, but the school wasn’t notified of their diagnosis until the next day, Attleboro High School superintendent David Sawyer said in a letter sent out to families Tuesday night.”

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.”

The Atlantic: What Are Parents Supposed to Do With Their Kids?

The Atlantic: What Are Parents Supposed to Do With Their Kids? “The combination of remote schooling, reduced child-care options, and a ‘reopened’ economy leaves millions of American parents who work outside the home with an impossible choice. They can put their job at risk by staying home. (Some 74,000 Americans who had a job but were taking time off cited ‘childcare problems’ for their absence during a sample week in July—more than twice the typical average, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.) They can send their children to in-school day camps that may be unaffordable—and potentially just as virus-prone as regular schools. They can leave their kids with vulnerable relatives. Or they can leave their children home alone.”

Phys .org: More than half of young Americans live with parents

Phys .org: More than half of young Americans live with parents. “Just over half of young adult Americans live with their parents, an unprecedented proportion that is doubtless linked to the coronavirus but also reflects a deeper trend, researchers said Friday. Between February and May, the share of 18-29 year-olds living with at least one parent rose from 47 percent to 52 percent and stayed at that level through July.”

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.”

BuzzFeed News: The Latest TikTok Trend Is Venting About Your MAGA Parents

BuzzFeed News: The Latest TikTok Trend Is Venting About Your MAGA Parents. “TikTok is where Bridgette Olek told the world she had to leave her father’s Minnesota lake house after he discovered she’d protested at a Black Lives Matter rally in Fargo, North Dakota. Tensions between the two had been brewing for a while. He’s Republican and a Trump supporter. She’s ‘the polar opposite.’ Olek said the final break came when she went to a protest instead of entertaining family members who were visiting for the weekend. Her father asked her to leave, so she packed up her van and headed to other parts of Minnesota, then North Dakota, then Arizona, and finally North Carolina — for now.”

Salt Lake Tribune: In separate rallies, Utahns protest mask mandate and demand in-person classes

Salt Lake Tribune: In separate rallies, Utahns protest mask mandate and demand in-person classes. “Parent after parent followed at the Utah County commission meeting Wednesday afternoon, objecting for more than two hours to having their kids in masks even as counts of the virus continue to climb across the state, where there are more than 30,000 confirmed cases.”

EurekAlert: Social media can identify fathers at risk of postpartum depression

EurekAlert: Social media can identify fathers at risk of postpartum depression. “Fathers’ prepartum social media posts can predict their risk of postpartum depression. A predictive model based on machine learning is described in the peer-reviewed journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.”