The big news of this week (and it's big): The American Academy of Pediatrics -- the organization from whom we take our guidance on everything from car seat safety to age-appropriate food choices, has issued very clear guidance on the subject of schools reopening: "The AAP strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school."
At the same time, a new survey shows that as many as one in four parents may not send their kids back to school in the fall.
Regardless of what choice you make for your family (and we categorically support whatever choice that is), it's nice to have the AAP's view to consider.
Meanwhile, things are evolving in the age of the work-at-home video call. So far, it’s been mostly cute video bombs and relatable parents adjusting to the new normal. But the other shoe was bound to drop eventually. San Diego mom Dris Wallace was fired from her job in the financial industry because her kids were too loud on Zoom calls, while in the UK, we saw two different ways to handle kids Zoom-bombing live TV interviews. When Sky News’s foreign affairs editor, Deborah Haynes, was interrupted by her son demanding a biscuit, the studio cut off the interview. But the opposite happened with Dr Clare Wenham, an assistant professor in global health policy at the London School of Economics, when her four-year-old daughter entered the room. The upshot: The world is seeing parents juggle their work and family life, live on TV.
Read on for more fam-tastic news and activities.
Overheard on the Playground
"Self-confidence is my four year old asking me to turn off the ceiling fan so he can show me how high he jumps."
- The Free-Range Child :: Technology like smartwatches allow kids to have the freedom to be more mobile – read how tech gives kids the opportunity to have fun and stay connected with parents. (The Wall Street Journal)
- Pandemic Play Dates :: As COVID19 cases increase, so do our children’s need to play. Learn about the five things you should ask before you send/host a play date. (HuffPost)
- Horsing Around :: New research shows that play time with dads -- which usually includes a fair amount of rough-and-tumble play -- might help kids control their actions and emotions. (The Guardian)
- Teen Talk :: Summertime love is definitely a thing. These experts discuss how to talk to kids about healthy, caring romantic relationships. (Dr. Robyn)
- Eco-Friendly Kids :: Lead by example and teach your kids how to reduce waste and increase their eco-consciousness. (Daily Mom)
- Common Sense Summer Camp :: These parents used ingenuity to create a summer camp environment to refresh their kid’s lives. (POPSUGAR)
- Breaking Barriers :: Did you know that 45 years ago, a tennis player named Arthur Ash was the first black man to win at Wimbledon? Learn about this brilliant man who used his platform to help with social causes. (Washington Post)
- National Ice Cream Month :: On July 9th, 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared the month of July as National Ice Cream Month. Learn more about this and the origins of ice cream in this fun article! (DOGO News)