A global pandemic adds several more layers of logistical and emotional overwhelm to the already overwhelming time of new parenthood.
Julie Beckeven in a pandemic, babies still have to be born.
@AshleyFetters reports on the difficult choices hospitals are making to keep parents safe, and how those necessary measures are going to add stress to the already stressful act of giving birth
You can let anxiety consume you, or you can feel the fear and also find joy in ordinary life, even now.
Julie Beck"Both/and is a concept I often share with my patients. It’s horrible AND we can allow our souls to breathe. The reason my son is home with me is horrible, but I’m still glad to see him."
advice on keeping your joy from our Dear Therapist, @LoriGottlieb1
As American schools close, parents are suddenly faced with the challenge of keeping their children occupied at home.
Julie Beck"the cancellation of school, and the loss of the eight-ish hours of child care it provides, makes parenting an all-day, every-day job, on top of a parent’s daily routine.”
@AshleyFetters asked experts for activities to keep kids busy & learning at home
Being cooped up at home will likely prompt feelings of loneliness no matter what, but these strategies might help make the experience less stifling.
Julie Becksome practical advice from @jpinsk on how to make being stuck at home less stifling. a key one is “fight monotony”—whatever you can do to change up your environment, seems small, but helps me a lot
Experts weigh in on whether you should cancel your dates, dinner parties, and gym sessions.
Julie Beckcan you go to the gym? can you have like three friends over for a board game night? can you even take a walk outside? @kait_tiffany asked public health experts our pressing questions about how to do “social distancing” so you can make informed decisions
Julie Beck.@kait_tiffany updated her excellent guide to social distancing to reflect some of the latest developments (& added a question that was on our minds about taking walks with friends)
We can get a sense of what to expect from Hong Kong, where students have already been out of school for more than a month.
Julie Becka helpful, practical guide to what is likely to happen if the coronavirus closes schools. @AshleyFetters and @TMclaughlin3 walk through what to expect if schools close for days, weeks, months, or even a year
As the disease caused by the coronavirus has spread in a nursing home near Seattle, other facilities around the country are implementing plans to mitigate risk.
Julie Beckthe coronavirus outbreak puts many older adults in a terrible bind—those who need the round-the-clock care of a nursing home to manage existing conditions are at greater risk of being infected by virtue of living there, @jpinsk writes
“I’ll complain to her about how I couldn’t find a parking spot at the Nordstrom sale, while she’s complaining to me about how her goats have hoof rot.”
Julie Beck"at one point the students outvoted the teachers and we fired all the teachers that taught academic-type classes like algebra”
+ other dispatches from childhood in the hippie counterculture in this week’s Friendship Files
Netflix’s new docuseries doesn’t flinch at the danger that cheerleaders regularly subject their bodies to.
Julie Beck"In the broken values system of American sports, we should all be so lucky as to be pressed toward physical agony until we’re sobbing on the floor in front of television cameras.”
when @amandamull is right, folks, she’s right
Ezra Jack Keats’s picture book is the most checked-out volume of all time at the New York Public Library. A professor of children’s literature examines why the book has connected with so many kids.
Julie Beckthe most checked-out book in 125 years of the New York Public Library is a quiet picture book about a boy playing in the snow.
what makes The Snowy Day so endlessly appealing to kids? a professor of children’s literature weighs in