Parenting Our Children

A father helps his son with his virtual studies.

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When the coronavirus pandemic first hit in March, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and parents did their best to get kids in front of computers and learning.

A young boy does schoolwork from home.

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Just as they finished the last school year, Miami-Dade public school students will start the upcoming school year with online classes only on August 31.

A multiracial family enjoys time together during quarantine.

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While the country’s collective conscious has been focused on staying safe and healthy by keeping away from COVID-19 for at least the last four months, the longer the pandemic lasts, the more we realize that surviving it in the best way possible involves much more than avoiding the virus.

A pediatrician is about to give a vaccine shot to an African American girl.

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The world is waiting for COVID-19 vaccine to rescue it and return it to a recognizable version of its former self. Whether that ever happens, and when, has yet to be seen.

A Hispanic boy looks despondent during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Four months and counting and the toll on our mental well-being that the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted is substantial.

Responsible parents should be in charge of fireworks, even sparklers.

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This Fourth of July will be the first time in many years, maybe ever, where many of us don’t congregate together to watch a firework display at the park, beach or another crowded venue. That could mean parents and children are even more inclined to do their own fireworks show.

Parents come down on daughter.

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We all want the best for our kids, but many of us (and you know who you are) have strayed into intensive parenting territory, directing and monitoring their kid’s every move.

A mom and daughter practice yoga.

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So much for the new normal! It looks like we are going back to the abnormal with spiking COVID-19 cases in Florida, and Miami-Dade in particular, putting reopenings on hold or even back some. That means a return to home stays – did we ever leave?