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Becoming a new parent at any time is stressful, but adding a new little one during a pandemic is a reality that many new parents are facing. Here are a few ways that you can support family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers who have recently become new parents.

It is tempting to want to see the new baby, but let the parents be the guide with what they are comfortable with. Abiding by their wishes for health precautions should be their (and your) number one priority.

Ask to set up a Zoom or Facetime call so that you can congratulate the new family and get to see the new little one. Allow them to set the time that is best for their schedules, and be flexible, as little ones are not on a tight schedule. Encourage parents to reschedule if they seem stressed and keep the conversation short for their convenience. …


Ralph Byer

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