Though it feels like years, it was only a couple of months ago that our world was flipped upside-down. Things we’ve never experienced before happened in our world, country, state, county, city and home. It hasn’t been easy, but after recovering from the initial shock, society is working itself into a rhythm of sorts.
Schools and the education system as a whole have experienced a major shift in how things are done. Almost overnight, schools had to discover a new system for distance learning and parents — now working from home — had to figure out how to incorporate their children’s daily school workload into their own day. But it happened.
Education figures prominently in two of our features this month, which delve deep into what families can expect at public schools come fall and how private schools have adapted to this “new normal.” A local dad and family consultant also offers some advice on how to emotionally prepare for the new school year.
Speaking of dads, we didn’t forget that June is their month to be celebrated. As a gift to all those baseball-loving dads, we spoke with Los Angeles Angels outfielder Justin Upton about baseball, the pandemic and being a dad during these unique times.
But our dad coverage doesn’t end there. What’s Hot is all about the best gifts we can get dad and The Pause Button details the benefits and some tips for backyard camping with dad. Our Mindfulness column explores how to rock as a father while Foodie Jr. highlights some locations offering adult beverages available for delivery and takeout.
Beyond dad topics, there are plenty of other relevant themes we address, including dealing with tantrums while sheltering-in-place (Family Wellness) and how even working therapy pets are adapting to a new normal (Pets in the Family). Meanwhile our Local Heroes this month are Ladera Ranch Girl Scout Troop 3743, who organized, packaged and arranged the contact-free delivery of specialized self-care kits as a thank you to local health care workers.
Last but not least, you definitely won’t want to miss our extensive Virtual Calendar, featuring activities, classes, events and more all available from the comfort and safety of your home.
It’s definitely strange times, but we are getting through them by adjusting and adapting. Let’s keep spirits up and heads level as we dive into the warmer months ahead.
— By Jessica Peralta, Editor