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Holding Onto Friendships—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, We moved over the summer and due to COVID-19 my school-aged children are finding it tough to make new friends. How much should I...

Chances at Play—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,My Facebook feed has parents (and non-parents) arguing the merits of students and teachers being in classrooms together. My...

One More Month, Then What?—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie, This corona coaster is making my head spin. We’ve heard that Anne Arundel County Public Schools will be online, which is...

Supporting Gender Neutrality—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,Our second child has expressed a preference to be referred to as “them” lately, giving themselves a new first name. Naturally this...

Late Night Family Fun—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,As the pandemic wears on, time has lost its meaning. Bedtimes at our house have gotten later and later. ...

Pandemic Peer Group—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,I’d like to say, “This has gone on long enough,” but I realize that the pandemic is far from over. ...

A Hazy Picture for Fall and Beyond—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,So many uncertainties are looming. Working from home has had its challenges, on top of e-learning for my children, so at least...

Pandemic Plans for the Fourth of July—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,Like everything else during this pandemic, our family has resigned ourselves to altered plans for the Fourth of July. ...

Dismantling Racism through Knowledge—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,We are a white family desiring to combat racism. We plan to use the summer to fill in gaps in our knowledge...

Summer of COVID-19—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,To say these past three months have been challenging is an understatement. The outburst of grief and anger, and...

Racism and Power—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,I’m glad the ugly racism in our country is being exposed. Other than the obvious, “Treat people with respect,”...

To Child Care or Not to Child Care—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,My company is asking for us to consider coming back to the office. While I am much more productive there than I...

No End in Sight for Pandemic Protocols—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,My children are asking me whether we can meet up with friends at a park to “stay apart enough” to make it...

On Lockdown With Teens

Dear Dr. Debbie,This would’ve been graduation time for my high school senior. It must be very hard for her to accept the losses she’s...

Filling in for Missing Playmates—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,Family life is so bizarre. While my husband and I take turns running the essential errands, with masks, of course, and try...

Seeing Doomsday but Hoping For a Rainbow—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,Especially at bedtime, my five-year-old gets very concerned about this pandemic. She hates missing her friends, extended family, her...

Check for P.I.E.S.—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,Whew, this is hard. For the most part, my family is doing okay with sharing space in the house, two laptops, creative...

How Much Video Chatting Is Too Much—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,My seven-year-old really misses her friends. I have to admit this social isolation is getting to me, too. This will be my...

Masks are Scary to Children—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,My three-year-old already had a fear of masks, and now medical masks, bandanas, and other face coverings are popping up everywhere. ...

A Socially Distant Birthday Party—Good Parenting

Dear Dr. Debbie,Obviously we are not gathering our son’s friends for an actual in-person birthday party while a stay-at-home order is in effect. ...
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