Keep on keeping on

Jenny Stanley

Things look a little different this year. Are you sick of hearing that phrase yet? It can be applied to pretty much every facet of our lives in 2020 — especially when it comes to education. Schools across the state have had to come up with unique plans and protocols this fall to keep kids and staff safe while also providing the best possible learning experience for every student. That’s no easy feat, and it most certainly comes with bumps along the way. From distance learning to masks in class to limited extra-curricular activities to everything in between, to be sure, things look a little different this year.

It’s been a long, trying journey since COVID-19 rocked our world last March. One minute we were planning fun spring break activities for our kids, and the next we were hunkering down at home using our kitchens as classrooms. Now, here we are two months into the new school year, and Minnesota parents are doing the best they can to support their kids’ education, whatever that might look like. For a glimpse, flip to From Our Readers.

For some kids, the change in school routine is a breeze. For others, not so much. In this, our Education Issue, we take a look at the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on behavior and learning for today’s students.

These are challenging times for all of us, but the truth is, the world keeps turning. That’s why strategies for promoting family resilience are so necessary right now. Expectant mamas are still making birth plans — in a pandemic. And,
lo and behold, the holidays are still coming, so our feature on gender and toys is a must-read before gift-giving.

Aside from it being the start of a new school year, the theme of education is so appropriate for this issue. Minnesota Parent has been an educational resource for local moms and dads for more than 30 years. Our readers, columnists and frequent contributors are the heart and soul of this publication, always eager to have a conversation and share knowledge with each other about the topics that matter most to parents.

That is why it is so difficult to announce that this issue will be our last. Like it has for so many other businesses, the coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on Minnesota Premier Publications. While its three titles, Minnesota Parent, Minnesota Good Age and Southwest Journal, are currently for sale, the company will officially close its doors after this issue.

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we say farewell to Minnesota Parent. Three decades is certainly a great ride, yet somehow it doesn’t seem long enough.

Yes, things look a little different this year.