Category: Being Your Best Parent

How to handle remote learning while co-parenting

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Co-parenting is always a balancing act, but add your child's remote learning into the mix and you could have a real challenge on your hands.

As always, communication is key. Each parent should be informed on what the back to school process looks like and all available options, knowing that with COVID-19, recommendations and options are changing every day. Discuss with your co-parent the concerns you each have as it pertains to healthcare, y...

Posted on August 31, 2020 at 10:33 AM by Erin Wilson

How to become an anti-racist parent

 

Since the pandemic began, it has been hard to deny that racism continues to hinder people of color’s well being. Asian Americans have faced harassment and even violence with the tacit approval of the president, since he referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” and later the “Kung Flu.” Additionally, we’ve seen the harmful consequences of our modern lifestyle of convenience on communities of color. People of Latinx and African descent are disproportionately the drivers delivering o...

Posted on August 03, 2020 at 2:35 PM by Keisha Mathew

Anxious about the upcoming school year? Here's how to ease your child's fears—and yours.

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As the new school year approaches amid the Covid pandemic, we all find ourselves approaching it with a heightened sense of apprehension with a new normal of social interaction. The previous school year concluded with distance learning and parents temporarily thrust into educator roles and many are anxiously wondering what will happen this fall. It’s impossible to know what the future holds, and with no clear roadmap, parents who have been managi...

Posted on July 15, 2020 at 10:55 AM by Layton Kirk

5 tips for bringing back the partner in your partnership during Covid

Even in the best of times, being great at both parenting and partnership requires deft maneuvering. Throw in a global pandemic, and many of the struggles two-parent households are experiencing shine in glaringly bright light. 

But it’s possible this time could forever redefine our roles in the home and our relationships with our partners. Simply put, sheltering-in-place together has answered the question around what we do in a day. We’ve always juggled a lot but there’s less curiosity ...

Posted on July 13, 2020 at 1:15 PM by Julia Rohan

Resources to help you talk about racism with your kids

It may not be easy to talk to your kids about the realities of racism, but it's a critical part of making positive change in our city and our country, and helping your child develop into a thoughtful, aware and kind adult.

Here are some resources to help parents facilitate these conversations. We'll keep adding more as we find them. If you have resources to add to this list, email laura@npnparents.org. And add your voice to the lively discussions happening right now on our forum about ...

Posted on June 04, 2020 at 12:12 PM by Laura Baginski

How to co-parent during the coronavirus pandemic

Co-parenting can be complicated enough without additional factors that throw a wrench into the system you and your co-parent have developed. The presence of coronavirus will alter the way that you co-parent. Here are some tips on how to be successful co-parents while dealing with coronavirus. 

Stick with the routine where you can. During this stressful time, there will be adjustments that have to be made. However, it is important to keep consistency in the places that you can. Child...

Posted on June 03, 2020 at 2:18 PM by Erin Wilson

Will my relationship survive this virus?

Many of us are in a relationship that was already taxed before being quarantined and ordered to stay at home — for the foreseeable future. Some of you are in the process of divorce and now that courts have halted, you are feeling stuck. Others with children are now having to work even more as a team, which was already difficult pre-Covid19. 

This isn’t easy. 

More time together in a pressure cooker of tight spaces and new stresses is rough. Maybe your partner has some really annoyin...

Posted on April 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM by Crystal Clair

How and why to talk to your kids about the 2020 presidential election

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From casual conversation to heavy TV ads, the 2020 presidential election is unavoidable and your kids are likely drawing conclusions. Let’s explore how to make election season educational, and hopefully less stressful, for kids* of any age.

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What do they already know? What have they heard from friends, at school, on TV and online? Kids may or may not realize that elections have the potential to change their lives. Assess their knowle...

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 1:15 PM by Candice Blansett-Cummins

Why I follow the Montessori method to combat bullying

According to statistics reported by StopBullying.gov, between one in four and one in three students will face bullying at school this year. As a parent, this is a statistic that I do not want my child to be a part of—from either side of the fence. And as a Montessori school administrator, this is a topic that I navigate with families at least once every year. I believe that this statistic can change if we focus on empathy and community.

Our daughter is almost 5 and has attended Montess...

Posted on January 22, 2020 at 1:56 PM by Lila Jokanovic

You can make eating out with your kids actually enjoyable

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Does going to a restaurant with kids fill you with apprehension? Do you cross your fingers and hope for the best, or do you load up on digital toys and promise yourself it will be different next time?

We’ve had some wonderful meals out…and ones we’d prefer to block from memory. But we like eating out too much to dispense with this pastime—children and all. Here's how we've helped our kids develop the patience and manners to make a meal out more enj...

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 12:52 PM by Fiona Royer