Parenting during the pandemic

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Xiomara Diaz and her daughter Genesis Diaz leave William Hunter School in Kensington with free meals because of the coronavirus shutdown. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Xiomara Diaz and her daughter Genesis Diaz leave William Hunter School in Kensington with free meals because of the coronavirus shutdown. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Guests: William Hite, Tina Bryson, Imani Perry

Families are under an incredible amount of stress right now. They are of course worried about COVID-19 but many parents are also worried about their jobs, about paying the bills, and about putting food on the table. And on top of all that, schools are closed and parents are caring for their kids around the clock and even trying to homeschool them. This hour, we’ll talk with psychologist TINA BRYSON about the strain families are feeling and healthy ways they can try to cope. We’ll also hear from IMANI PERRY, author of Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, about how she’s spending time at home with her two teenagers. But first, we start off looking at how Philadelphia’s school students are doing and how the district is trying to meet their needs. Philadelphia School District Superintendent WILLIAM HITEjoins us to talk about the support they are providing their families.

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