Parenting in a Pandemic: How to help your family through COVID-19
Kelly Fradin MD, author
Best-selling author Emily Oster says “This book is fantastic. Dr. Fradin delivers a timely resource parents need.” Parents are burning out while kids need more help than ever. With so many families in crisis, pediatrician and child advocate Dr. Kelly Fradin sees an urgent need for help. As a mother of two, Dr. Fradin shares her practical, evidence-based and reassuring advice on what’s important to know. Parents are forced to adapt and make decisions now despite constant change and many unknowns. In Parenting in a Pandemic, Dr. Fradin provides all the tools you need to help navigate coronavirus. The book breaks down the science necessary to understand the news about coronavirus and prepare your family for a school year where everything looks different. Dr. Fradin examines the specific risks of coronavirus to children of all ages and adults, including parents, grandparents, pregnant women, and essential workers. She dissects the latest literature on the direct health risks from coronavirus, and emphasizes the many secondary impacts of the virus on families. Some problems you may be overly worried about, while others you may not have considered. She gives realistic strategies you can use to improve this time for your family. Parents who read the book will feel better prepared to make the right decisions with confidence. The pandemic is still unfolding and the science may change, but regardless, these approaches will help you feel better and carry your family through this difficult time.
Fradin, a pediatrician, weaves research, professional experience, and personal anecdote in this encouraging guide to making the myriad decisions required of parents during the Covid-19 pandemic. Frandin first offers an overview of Covid basics, such as how the virus spreads and is diagnosed, and then addresses kid-specific matters: she describes the likelihood of children contracting the virus (much less than adults), dispels myths about the potential for long-term damage to children, outlines mental health risks (for both kids and parents), and offers considerations for children with special health-care needs and for pregnant women and teens. Fradin also draws on her personal experience as a mother of two, as in a chapter about newborns in which she describes her infant son getting a common virus, and in facing such conflicts as whether to send children to school or day care and how to safely include grandparents in a child’s life. Fradin’s tone is supportive: “Even if you are holed away protecting your family, you aren’t alone and there are resources available to you.” This timely collection of nonjudgmental guidance is sure to offer parents solace. (Self-published)