We have exactly three weeks left before we return to the Philippines, and we’re trying to stay as careful as possible because of the logistics involved with international air travel. My mom’s friend came from Korea to attend her niece’s wedding in the US, but she caught covid before the wedding so she couldn’t attend. The rest of her family returned to Korea after the wedding — she was the only one who tested positive — while she is still currently in quarantine in the US. Once she returns to Korea, she has to complete another 2 week quarantine. Traveling in the time of covid is no joke! If any of us caught covid before our flight, that would mean rescheduling rt-pcr tests for our entire family, as well as rescheduling our international flight, our quarantine hotel, and our domestic flight to our island. I don’t want to travel again via air for a long time!

Corrine Tan, the new Chinese-American American Girl doll

Here are some interesting links from around the web this week!


The Long-Haul Breastfeeders of COVID via Slate

Parents of the youngest kids are not OK right now via CNN

A pediatrician’s advice to parents of kids under 5 on omicron, travel and day care via NPR

COVID-19 vaccination rates for children are low. Experts say parents are ‘taking an enormous risk’ via PBS

No Way to Grow Up. For the past two years, Americans have accepted more harm to children in exchange for less harm to adults. via New York Times


Lawsuit Says 16 Elite Colleges Are Part of Price-Fixing Cartel via New York Times

Go back to school and ditch weekly testing: The advice from one children’s hospital via NPR

We Talked to the NYC Student Whose Post About High School Life Under Omicron Went Viral via Slate

A High School Principal on Why, Even With Omicron, Remote Classes Aren’t Coming Back via Slate

America doesn’t have enough teachers to keep schools open. The problem started way before omicron. via Vox


A guide to parenting fat kids via Today’s Parent

Here’s what’s behind the Wordle c-r-a-z-e via NPR

The great population growth slowdown via Vox

Look Back at the Top 10 Pioneer Woman Recipes of 2021 via Pioneer Woman

Why Making Friends in Midlife Is So Hard via The Atlantic

A Patriarchal Tradition That Just Won’t Budge via The Atlantic

Why More American Children Are Dying by Gunfire via New York Times

Why Isn’t Biden’s Expanded Child Tax Credit More Popular? via New York Times

American Girl Debuts Chinese American Doll in Response to Anti-Asian Sentiment via New York Times

The New Urgency for Work-Life Balance: Why Women Are Quitting Their Jobs and Redesigning Their Lives via Real Simple