What’s New? Throw Out the Cloth Masks and Fourteen Talks To Have With Kids Before High School

Early in the pandemic, we were told to wear homemade cloth masks. Now, the guidance has changed, and here’s why.

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Cloth Masks Are Out. Benefits of Surgical Masks.

In this quick tip episode, we’ll discuss why surgical masks work better than cloth ones, why the CDC still recommends cloth masks anyway, and how parents can tell which type of mask to use for their family.

While cloth masks are much more fashionable and have gotten you through the past year, as winter approaches it’s time for an upgrade. While Cloth masks are environmentally friendly, experts say disposable masks, like surgical masks and KN95, are more effective. In addition to the US, public health officials in European countries like France, Germany, and Austria are urging people to wear medical or surgical masks instead of homemade cloth masks.

Karsen and I went deeper on this topic in this week’s Quick Tip episode:

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Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen: The Essential Conversations You Need to Have with Your Kids Before They Start High School

Let’s touch on the thorny subject of communicating with tweens – those adolescents between the ages of ten and fourteen who are beginning to pull away from their parents and close down lines of communication. Parents can often become frustrated by the new barriers they face in having conversations with tweens.

The author of this book says that as kids set out on the journey towards adulthood, they begin building their own identities and pull away from their parents. That leaves parents and children with less in common to talk about. According to evolutionary psychology, shared languages bind people together, but tweens don’t want to be attached to the family group. They want to explore for themselves.

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