Open Thread

Parenting During a Pandemic, in This Week’s Open Discussion

How has the coronavirus lockdown changed how you approach your kids’ playtime?

In March 2019, Slate’s Rebecca Onion wrote “Playtime Is Over!” about the expectation that parents pretend play with their kids—and the quest for a better way. More than a year later, with kids stuck at home amid the pandemic, the article feels prescient to this new landscape. So we’re wondering: Has your parenting style had to change in order to adapt to the realities of coronavirus closures and social distancing? Have you learned anything new about your kids or about the kids in your life or changed the way you interact with them?

The Open Discussions are here for commenters to connect with one another outside the fast- moving, sometimes contentious article pages. It’s a place for online friends to share a joke, or newcomers to get their feet wet. As always, our discussion topic is a suggestion, not a command, so feel free to (civilly) talk amongst yourselves.