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The week’s best parenting advice: February 23, 2021

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One habit that should never return, even when the pandemic recedes? Sending kids to school when they’re sick, writes Sarah Hosseini at The Atlantic. Pre-COVID, children were generally allowed in school if they were ill, so long as they weren’t feverish or showing signs of a stomach bug. But “it’s not a good message to send to our kids that when they get sick, they should keep going,” Abisola Olulade, a family-medicine doctor based in San Diego, tells Hosseini. “Humans get sick. It’s okay to take a break. It’s your body telling you to take time to heal itself, and we need to teach our children that.” Indeed, part of the problem is that schools punish kids and parents for too many absences, which is made worse by a lack of paid leave for parents. Going forward, schools should nix their attendance obsession, says teacher Megan Vosk. “Just because a student is there doesn’t mean they’re paying attention, engaged, or learning anything.” [The Atlantic]

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