A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.
I barely knew that Facebook’s Messenger Kids app existed before the pandemic. We are pretty open to devices in my household, but if you had asked me about it, I would have said that my 7-year-old could wait a few more years to enter the social media ThunderDome. But that was before she had been separated from all her friends for the foreseeable future.
Now, she is happily chatting with her pals in an app that I have ultimate control over. But I wondered — as did Melinda Wenner Moyer, a frequent contributor — how can I make sure she stays safe online? Melinda gathered some sage advice from experts about how to set reasonable and clear limits on our kids’ online interactions.
Also this week, we have a beautiful essay from Danielle Campoamor about what it’s like when your partner works at an Amazon warehouse, a piece from Hallie Levine about how parents and schools are struggling to care for kids with special needs, and David Dodge on how the coronavirus is affecting adoption, foster care and surrogacy. Finally, I wrote a piece about formula, diaper and baby wipe shortages, what to do if you run out of these items, and how others can help those in need (giving to diaper banks is a good place to start).
This Tuesday, April 7, at 4 p.m. E.D.T., I will be answering your questions about parenting during the pandemic via a group call with Emily Oster, an economist and best-selling author of “Crib Sheet” and “Expecting Better.” R.S.V.P. here.
Families Scramble to Find Baby Formula, Diapers and Wipes
Panic buying has left stores and diaper banks empty of baby essentials as shutdowns and quarantines expand across the country.
Parents and Schools Are Struggling to Care for Kids With Special Needs
Parents and teachers of students with special needs have reported feeling overwhelmed, with little to no initial instruction on how to proceed once schools shut down.
How Coronavirus Is Affecting Surrogacy, Foster Care and Adoption
The pandemic is not just impacting parents and pregnant people — all prospective parents are facing new challenges.
My Partner Works in an Amazon Warehouse. I’m Worried — and Proud.
“Now my partner’s contributions, and that of all the crucial, often underpaid and undervalued workers who are continuing to hold society up during this unprecedented time, are on full display.”
Read Danielle’s story
Teaching Your Kids to Be Safe Online: A Hasty Primer
The coronavirus has relaxed many parents’ stances on communication apps. Here are some ground rules.
Parenting can be a grind. Let’s celebrate the tiny victories.
Lately, my 3-year-old has been insisting I take “time outs” when I make him upset. So, I happily go sit in a closet and scroll Instagram in peace for three minutes. — Megan Harrington, Cambridge, N.Y.
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