Parenting Our Children

A shy African American girl hides behind a book.

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Soon enough there will gatherings with loved ones as we celebrate our blessings during the holidays. But for many families, and children in particular, parties and even small gatherings can be stressful simply because kids are not yet well versed at greeting and meeting others.

A father and grandfather struggle for control of a child.

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Offering the grandchild that third cookie—for lunch. Overruling naptime rules. Grandparents can be helpful, invaluable resources for parents --but also a handful!

A Hispanic mother prepares a meal with her son and daughter.

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Parents and caregivers could be forgiven for focusing most of their back-to-school energy on COVID-19 restrictions and guidance ahead of a return to in-person school.

An African American boy welcomes his Hispanic friend over for a playdate.

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Now that vaccines are available for kids 12 and up (and hopefully for kids from 2-11, end of summer?), parents will likely be trying to get them on playdates, if they haven’t already.

An African American girl boards a bus on the way to school.


As parents and caregivers prepare for their children to return to the classroom, full-time – many for the first time since the pandemic started – we can expect things to be difficult, at least initially.

A young Latino boy spreads his arms in joy.

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Stop and smell the jasmine. Live in the present. Focus on what’s important. Picture yourself nailing that pirouette. These are all things we tell our kids to do – even though we may have trouble doing them ourselves. But what do they mean if we stretch beyond the clichés?

An African American child sits atop her father's shoulders.


As we venture out into the world once again, the last thing most of us want to do is think about all the fear, worry and general awfulness of the coronavirus pandemic.

Two girls enjoy the water on floats.

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With summer on the horizon, many children are eager to ditch the masks, let loose and camp, play and chill like it's 2022. But vaccinated or not, parents must ensure that their children play it safe whether online or at the pool.