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Parents may want to talk to teachers about their family structure, and what their child calls each parent, before the start of the school year. Attila Csaszar/Moment Collection via Getty Images

7 tips for LGBTQ parents to help schools fight stigma and ignorance

Parents often think about a school’s quality, class sizes, safety and extracurriculars. LGBTQ parents may also want to know their family will be respected.
The stay-at-home order appears to have been mostly beneficial for parents, who reported improvement in their co-parenting experience despite the many challenges they faced. (Shutterstock)

It’s not all negative: The experiences of parents with a newborn during COVID-19 lockdown

Parents with a newborn were doing significantly better on most parental and relational outcomes during lockdown.
For four decades, the Chinese government has restricted family size. Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket via Getty Images

China’s ‘one-child policy’ left at least 1 million bereaved parents childless and alone in old age, with no one to take care of them

China limited families to one child from 1980 to 2015 to curb population growth. The policy paid off economically for the country, but it left couples whose only child died grieving and impoverished.
While there have been calls to increase support for women, particularly mothers, it would seem that no one is asking fathers to step up. (Ketut Subiyanto/Pexels)

Father’s Day: Support dads as parents, not just ‘mother’s helpers’

Despite the disproportionate burden mothers have faced during lockdown, encouraging parents to share child care and housework more equally is almost never suggested as part of the solution.
Despite claims to the contrary, the real thing cannot be replicated. Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/DigitalVision via Getty Images

New technologies claiming to copy human milk reuse old marketing tactics to sell baby formula and undermine breastfeeding

Around the globe, 823,000 child deaths could be prevented annually with appropriate breastfeeding. Formula makers continue to defy a 40-year-old international code on marketing their product.
A stable residence on campus can help college students who are parents complete their degrees. SDI Productions/Getty Images

Student housing is scarce for college students who have kids

More than 1 in 5 college students are parents, and many struggle to find on-campus housing. Colleges offering a stable place to live on campus can help them succeed.

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