Tension

How To Talk About COVID-19 Back-To-School Plans Without Tension

Discussing school choices can be difficult. Here's how to handle it. (Photo: FamVeld via Getty Images)
Discussing school choices can be difficult. Here’s how to handle it. (Photo: FamVeld via Getty Images)

With a bit of time, most parents become pretty good at dealing with unsolicited advice and learn to peacefully coexist with loved ones who parent differently. You nursed for two years? I went with formula! You’re giving your kid a phone? I’m not! And on and on.  

But the conversations parents are having with each other and with other friends and family about school, COVID-19 and WTF to do about it all can feel particularly urgent and tense. The stakes are high. The options in much of the country are numerous and new. (All-remote? Hybrid? Pod? Etc.) Also, no one has parented their way through a crisis exactly like this one before. 

“People are going to be armchair quarterbacks about this more than any other parenting issue because it has already been so politicized,”

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