Parenting

Summer camp: What parents need to know this year

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Many parents and children hope that this summer will allow a return to typical activities. For families who are considering summer camp for their children, adjustments and adaptations will need to be made because of COVID-19, and parents should be prepared to ask questions about planning and risk management.

School reopening? What parents need to know and can do

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

While some children have been attending school in-person throughout the pandemic, most have been learning remotely, or in a hybrid model. As more schools reopen for in-person learning, parents can ask key questions about their school district’s plans and help their children prepare to go back.

Fully vaccinated against COVID-19? So, what can you safely do?

What can you safely do after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine? Many people are eager to resume normal activities and see their family and friends. Some situations are lower-risk than others, and whether or not the other people you will be interacting with have also been vaccinated matters, too.

Heavy metals in baby food? What parents should know and do

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Worrisome levels of arsenic, lead, and other elements called heavy metals that can harm the developing brain are found in some commercial baby foods, according to a recent report. Here’s what parents should know and can do to protect young children.

My COVID-19 vaccine story –– and what happened next

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are starting to become more widely available, some people wonder what it’s like to receive one. One doctor shares her story –– including what happened when close family members became sick with COVID.

New school guidelines around COVID-19: What parents need to know

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

After nearly a year of the pandemic, parents want their children to go back to school, but no one wants students or teachers to get sick with COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines for how schools can accomplish in-person learning safely.

Grandparents and vaccines: Now what?

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

Grandparents tired of pandemic video calls are eager to hug grandchildren, and as seniors receive COVID-19 vaccinations, many want to know what their vaccination status means with regard to family and friends. Here are responses to some common questions.

Grandparenting: Anticipating March 11

Ellen S. Glazer, LICSW

Guest Contributor

Almost a year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly altered our lives. For grandparents, marking this anniversary with their grandchildren can help them make sense of what they have been through. Start by asking simple questions.

Need to revisit screen time?

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Restrictions caused by the pandemic have led both adults and children to spend a lot of time on screens. It’s not great for adults, and it’s more of a concern for kids because too much screen time has effects on behavior, learning, and mood. So, what steps can parents take to change this?

Newborn jaundice: What parents need to know

Claire McCarthy, MD

Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Most newborn babies turn a little yellow. This is known as jaundice, and it’s very common in the newborn period. But in some very rare cases it can be a sign of a more serious problem. Here’s what parents need to know about it.