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Opinion: The week's best parenting advice: June 23, 2020

Report: NHL expected to start Stanley Cup qualifying rounds July 30

  Report: NHL expected to start Stanley Cup qualifying rounds July 30 The Stanley Cup tournament qualifying rounds will begin on July 30 in hub cities that are expected to be chosen within a week.The dates have been agreed upon in negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA, but the two sides must still finalize protocols for health and safety and potential discuss an extension of the CBA.

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With many schools and daycares still closed, parents have no doubt noticed their small children have been picking up fewer colds and tummy bugs. This sounds great, but is there a downside? "In missing out on exposure to other children during daycare or play dates," asks Claire Gillespie at The Week, "are they also missing out on exposure to some pretty crucial immunity-boosting germs?" Maybe, but there's a relatively easy solution: Go outside. "There is good evidence now that kids with more exposure to nature (i.e. green environments) have less chronic disease," says pediatric rheumatologist J. Patrick Whelan, Ph.D. "Outdoor play in a garden or yard setting ... exposes kids to a healthy group of microbes that protect against allergies, without increasing the frequency or severity of childhood illnesses." Whelan adds that kids' immunity is better served by exposure to healthy mom microbes through breastfeeding, diets with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and fermented foods like yogurt. [The Week]

Around ten NFL teams have COVID-19 cases

  Around ten NFL teams have COVID-19 cases So far, we know that the Cowboys, Texans, Rams, Broncos, 49ers, and Buccaneers have had players diagnosed with the coronavirus. There are more clubs with positive cases on the roster and fear is mounting for all 32 teams. © Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The virus has made its way through the league. In recent days, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Broncos safety Kareem Jackson have tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier this year, Broncos defender Von Miller and Saints head coach Sean Payton also contracted it.


What's the best way to teach children about the importance of consent? Start by demonstrating it. "Normalize asking children for consent to touch them," Tlamelo Setshwaelo, a doctor in Botswana, writes in a tweet. "Whether it is a hug, a kiss, an arm rub. Ask for consent. Teach them from a young age that they have autonomy over their personal space and they have a right to be upset if it is violated." Bonnie J. Rough, the author of Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality, agrees. "As adults, we can model the importance of consent when children want to climb on us by reminding them to ask first," Rough writes, adding that if a child is reluctant to show physical affection, parents should suggest a contact-free alternative, like a wave. "Teaching consent has a protective effect against child sexual abuse by showing children that they can trust their instincts," Rough says. [Tlamelo Setshwaelo, The New York Times]

MLB, MLBPA reportedly making final negotiation effort

  MLB, MLBPA reportedly making final negotiation effort If the two sides aren’t able to reach a compromise, commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to implement a season at a length of the league’s choosing. Doing so would ensure the players their prorated salaries for the duration of the 2020 season and would not include the expanded playoffs, which the union has offered to ownership. Barring an agreement between the two sides, we’re down to the “last hours” before Manfred implements a season length, per Olney. Throughout this process, both parties have maintained that they hope to reach a deal rather than have a season set by Manfred under the pre-existing March agreement.


The coronavirus pandemic has prevented many grandparents from meeting their new grandchildren, and for good reason: While the data suggests newborns and new parents aren't at high risk of COVID-19 complications, grandparents are. But as restrictions loosen, "there are steps we can take to minimize risks," writes Aaron E. Carroll at The New York Times. Before any meeting, both the new parents and the grandparents should self-isolate for two weeks to minimize infection risk. If you're traveling to see one another, limit stops along the way. Keep the group small, and make sure everyone washes their hands, and no one has any symptoms. If all of these precautions are in place, "it's likely even safe for grandparents to hold a newborn," Carroll says. Of course, it's a risk, "but we're all going to have to start making these tough decisions based on our own risk tolerance and circumstances and priorities," epidemiologist Caitlin Rivers adds. [The New York Times]

15 players test positive for COVID-19 after reporting to training camp

  15 players test positive for COVID-19 after reporting to training camp The NHL has released a statement reporting that 15 players tested positive for COVID-19 after reporting to training camp. More than 1,450 total tests were administered to the 250+ players in camp. These tests have all been administered following the start of Phase 2 of the return to play initiative, which began on June 8. © Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports The NHL is going to have to determine how many positive tests for coronavirus would be considered an outbreak, as 15 players tested positive after reporting to training camp. What’s more, 11 additional players have tested positive for coronavirus outside of NHL training camps.


Few parents would ever actively encourage their child to draw on the walls of the family home, but Susie Allison at Busy Toddler has a project that lets them do just that while also improving their literacy. For the ABC Paint Match game, as she calls it, Allison taped a large sheet of kraft paper to the wall and wrote the alphabet in bubble letters that her toddler could fill in with (washable!) paint. Then she added another element: "I took out our alphabet magnets and put them in a bowl. I told my son to pull out one letter at a time and paint that letter. … He needed to match the letters in two different forms. This just went from an art activity to an art and literacy activity." This kind of play-based learning in early years has many benefits. It can "enhance children's mastery of academic concepts and build motivation to learn," according to UNICEF. [Busy Toddler, UNICEF]


The coronavirus has made it much harder to enjoy a movie in a traditional theater this summer. But "among the more surprising consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic: renewed affection for parking lots with movie screens," writes William Sertl at The Wall Street Journal. Indeed, the drive-in theater is having a moment, and parents would be wise to take advantage of it. At the drive-in, kids can enjoy a movie under the stars, without having to worry about masking or social distancing. And they'll probably remember the experience for a long time. "When I was a kid in 1950s St. Louis, going to the drive-in was a family ritual," Sertl writes. "For me, the real treat was falling asleep in the rear-window cubbyhole of our Studebaker Starlight Coupe — an only-child's dream of movies and popcorn with a wraparound glass cradle." He has a great list of drive-in theaters across the country here. [The Wall Street Journal]

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner expects fans in Yankee Stadium in 2020 .
Despite recent spikes in coronavirus cases throughout the country, Steinbrenner thinks the Yankess will be able to host fans at some point in 2020.“I do expect to see fans in our stadium at some point to some degree,” says Steinbrenner. There are limitations to the vision, naturally. Even the KBO, which has been playing now for some time, has yet to reintroduce fans and will do so on a limited basis when the time comes. Steinbrenner guesses attendance will “be in the 20-30 percent [capacity] range, hopefully, at first.

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