I’m Jessica Grose, the lead editor for NYT Parenting. I have two daughters, who are 7 and 3. I’m here to answer your questions about how to handle being quarantined with your family, working from home with kids in the house, and more. AMA.
This is an unprecedented and stressful time when many of us are being forced to juggle child care, work, and maintaining our households. I, along with the NYT Parenting team, have been speaking to pediatricians, infectious disease experts, child psychologists and more over the last several weeks to gather advice on how parents can handle these evolving challenges.
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I’m here to answer all your questions, and while I'm not a medical professional, I can point you to our relevant coverage about kids and coronavirus. If you take away anything from this, it’s to follow all local, state and federal health guidelines, and to be patient with yourself. One parent we spoke to summed this moment up perfectly when she said, “I feel like I have five jobs.” No one has a manual for how to parent through this.
While you’re here, follow NYT Parenting on Instagram and Twitter, where we’re having conversations like this all the time, but also trying to laugh a little, too. You can also follow me at @jessgrosewrites on Instagram, and @jessgrose on Twitter.
EDIT, 1:05pm: Thank you for all of your questions! I'm signing off for now, but will try to check in later to answer more. Thanks again.