A Guide to Reopening.

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One year ago, as the pandemic was causing the world to shut down, I wrote Anticipating a long stay at home, I recommended important parenting themes such as routines, setting limits, providing outlets for pleasure, teaching life skills, and spending time with family. These lessons remain central to parenting. But, few of us predicted that the lockdown would last a year, and now that America is undergoing a gradual reopening, we have to plan for the current realities. Families have struggled. Some have experienced the loss of a relative, friend, or neighbor…

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More than one year after the pandemic shut down America, we appear to be approaching readiness to gradually reopen. Vaccinations are being distributed at record pace. Schools are beginning to open doors, albeit with a variety of rules and limitations. But, I worry that when we do finally reopen, our society may have overlooked an equally caustic concern, a lack of compassion for our fellow Americans that has been brewing for years.

The drop in the level of compassion in America became obvious in this past year. We point toward the vaccination as a ‘shot in the arm’ for our…

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Recently, I met Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, better known as . They asked me to join their show to talk about my work and the creation of , a parenting guidebook published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In preparation for that interview, I learned a great deal about them. Both these men came from broken homes and experienced neglect, they left home as soon as they could, climbed the corporate ladder as young adults, made money, amassed debt, and realized they were not happy. Then they stumbled on minimalism, a simpler and intentional…

The best way to prepare your child for virtual learning really depends on your child’s personality. While strategies like learning routines, creating a workspace without distractions, and getting sufficient exercise, sleep, and nutrition remain important, these strategies alone do not work for everyone. Depending on your child’s abilities you may need to modify the typical learning recommendations. Different types of learners require different supports. Read on for tips to help many student types, including:

· The Typical Learner

· The Distracted Learner

· The Day-Dreamer

· The Overactive Student

· The Disruptive Child

· The Unmotivated Student

· The Anxious…

At this point, you have protected your family by sheltering in place, sanitized your house, implemented routines and clarified the house rules. You have a plan to ensure your family has the food, medicine, and toilet paper they need. Some parents have transitioned to working from home and others have set up their children’s on-line education program. You are doing your best to keep the troops entertained. Yet, it is inevitable, after being cooped up in one place with the same people — day after day — sooner or later boredom will eventually creep in.

First of all, do not…

Tips to reduce frustration and get some work done.

For the fortunate parents who are able to transition their job to work from home during the current coronavirus shutdown, you are inevitably discovering how challenging it is to work and parent at the same time. In the recent piece, Parenting in a Pandemic, I discussed the importance of maintaining routines and limits. Family routines are important to reduce anxiety and improve behavior. They set a child’s expectations and remove uncertainty from the day. Creating a flexible master schedule for the week is the first place to start, no matter the…

Staying organized is the key to keeping your sanity.

It is a well-known fact that children thrive when there are routines. This time of year most children wake up, get dressed, eat their breakfast, head off to school where they move from class to class, come home and have a snack, do some homework, have some free time or participate in an afterschool activity, eat dinner, and then get ready for bed. The daily life for most children is pretty mapped out and organized. But, as children suddenly need to stay sequestered home due to this unprecedented response to the…

Damon Korb, M.D.

Damon Korb, M.D., is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician and the author of Raising an Organized Child.

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