One school district after another is announcing plans to resume virtual instruction as the new school year gets underway. To help kids’ social skills, parents should try to boost and preserve their child’s ability to pay attention to other people, explains psychologist Elizabeth Englander. Many of the activities she suggests to accomplish this require spending time unplugged. Gathering everyone around the dinner table, getting children to play outside and having them rely on the mail to get to know a new pen pal can all make a difference.

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