There’s a lot going on in the world.
We’ve all been impacted in some way, and are all working through big, serious topics in our own communities, homes and lives.
These are big issues — like a viral pandemic, racial inequalities and mass protests — that have come to the forefront of America’s public mind.
In the midst of unrest and uncertainty, there’s also hope and inspiration.
Like when 11-year-old Nathan Contreras saw a problem and resolved to make things better. And he’s doing so with candy. You don’t want to miss his story in Local Hero to find out how he’s turned making and selling candy into a way to help others.
And there is also education. Although always an important topic for parents, education became an even bigger part of family life when sheltering-in-place necessitated distance learning as a way students could finish out the school year. Now as we enter the summer months, what can parents do to help kids retain what they’ve learned? Our feature on “Combatting the COVID-19 Summer Slide” addresses this and offers tips on how families can stop the “brain drain.”
With an unusual summer upon us, families may be wondering how they’ll be able to keep their kids entertained. Our other feature delves into how parents can utilize the outdoors to create an educational, entertaining and enlightening experience for kids. We chatted with experts from groups like OC Parks and local outdoor venues for some very helpful tips on engaging children with nature.
In other lessons, our “Loving Colors” feature guides parents with tips and resources from multiracial families, diversity and education experts on the best ways to teach kids tolerance. It’s an insightful exploration of a different type of education that parents are addressing at home.
The theme of education and understanding extends to Pets in the Family with the story of a local mom and artist who became an author of a children’s book in order to educate families about dogs — and help spread compassion for them.
As the need for social distancing and health safety protocols continue, other relevant subjects have emerged — including that of face masks. What’s Hot highlights some breathable, summer face masks that will have you looking stylish and feeling cool even as you cover up. On the topic of mental health, a local psychiatrist offers advice in Family Wellness on coping with reintegrating into a new world. Of course with the summer camp experience very different this year, The Pause Button provides some options for designing your own enriching summer camp for your kids this summer.
There’s a lot to think about these days. Just remember to take a deep breath and see the hope, inspiration and beauty that presents itself every day.