The week's best parenting advice: May 4, 2021

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1. Summer camp 2021

Summer is approaching, and for many families, "camps have never been more needed," says Paul McEntire, chief operating officer of the Y.M.C.A. of the U.S.A. The good news is that most overnight and day camps plan to open this summer, reports Melinda Wenner Moyer at The New York Times, and early research suggests camps that employ COVID-19 precautions see low infection rates. Masks, distancing, and increased ventilation will be priorities. The CDC strongly recommends anyone who is eligible receives the vaccine before attending camp. Most activities will take place outdoors. It's also possible parents won't be able to visit, Wenner Moyer says. Groups will probably be smaller, mingling between bunks will be discouraged, and some beloved activities will be scrapped. "We're not going to have the loud, raucous dining hall filled with incomprehensible yelling," says Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health who is helping create coronavirus protocols for camps.

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Jessica Hullinger

Jessica Hullinger is a writer and former deputy editor of The Week Digital. Originally from the American Midwest, she completed a degree in journalism at Indiana University Bloomington before relocating to New York City, where she pursued a career in media. After joining The Week as an intern in 2010, she served as the title’s audience development manager, senior editor and deputy editor, as well as a regular guest on “The Week Unwrapped” podcast. Her writing has featured in other publications including Popular Science, Fast Company, Fortune, and Self magazine, and she loves covering science and climate-related issues.