covid and children

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast


#36: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives

with Anya Kamenetz

The story of COVID and children isn’t over. Because much of this unique story will unfold over time. In this episode, Anya Kamenetz, author of The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives, and Where We Go Now talks about what families experienced during the pandemic, sharing stories of ways both children and parents continue to be affected.

Anya Kamenetz  is a speaker, writer, and thought leader about generational justice, and how children learn, grow and thrive on a changing planet. She’s an award winning reporter who’s covered education for many years, including for NPR.

She’s contributed to The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine and Slate, and has been featured in documentaries shown on PBS, CNN, HBO and Vice. She also speaks on topics related to children, learning and technology, to audiences including at Google, Apple, and Sesame, SXSW and TEDx. 

Purchase The Stolen Year: How COVID Changed Children’s Lives, and Where We Go Now

To visit Anya’s website click here.

You can also follow Anya on Twitter. 

Anya Kamenetz

Here’s a glance at this episode…

  • [02:59] Families felt a sense of abandonment during COVID
  • [04:50] Ways families demonstrated resiliency
  • [06:36] How “companioning’ helps children through the grieving process
  • [09:58] The experience of having a baby & toddler through a pandemic
  • [14:11] Predictions for COVID babies

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