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Jun 11, 2020.

Be Extra Cautious About Drowning Risks This Summer

Be Extra Cautious About Drowning Risks This Summer

Inflatable pools are hard to come by right now. I know because I spent many hours trying to locate and purchase one for use in my own yard. Seems we’re all trying to find ways to bring a little summer fun into the confines of our own properties while the usual go-tos—camps, playgrounds and public pools—remain closed. Adding a pool to the yard is certainly a great way to do that.

But experts...

Jun 11, 2020. 5 comments

How to Host a Socially Distanced Playdate

How to Host a Socially Distanced Playdate

Summer vacation is here. For many of us, it’s been with a mix of relief and dread that we kick the 2019-20 school year to the curb and enter a summer that seems to spread out endlessly before us. Hey, remember when kids used to play with each other? Like, in person?

I can’t tell you whether—or when—to start planning playdates for your kids again. That will depend upon how hard your area has...

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Jun 10, 2020. 10 comments

The Best Online Multiplayer Games for Kids in Lockdown

The Best Online Multiplayer Games for Kids in Lockdown

If your kid is getting a tired of lockdown-based isolation, single-player gameplay and not interacting with their friends, it may be time to help them take their gaming online. To that end, I have compiled a list of my five favorite time-wasters your kid can play virtually with their pals—plus a bonus, classic pick thrown in for fun.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Since its release in March,

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Jun 10, 2020. 9 comments

Teach Kids About Racism With the 'Brown Eye Blue Eye' Exercise

Teach Kids About Racism With the 'Brown Eye Blue Eye' Exercise

Jane Elliot spent her career trying to give white people the slightest taste of the discrimination and racism that people of color experience throughout their entire lives. It started in 1968, in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., when she devised an exercise for the students in her third grade classroom in which she separated the class by eye color. It was the...

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May 02, 2020.

Be Your Child's Emotional Coach

Be Your Child's Emotional Coach

Emotions, they are running high right now. We’re living in a time of fear and sadness and anger, grieving the loss of normalcy in our day-to-day lives as the pandemic has redefined normal. The circumstances are challenging for the calmest and most resilient among us, let alone for our kids, who are still learning how to identify and manage their emotional reactions. But this experience we’re...

May 01, 2020. 14 comments

Should You Give 'Unschooling' a Try?

Should You Give 'Unschooling' a Try?

Most of us have been home with our kids for at least a month. My kids have been home since March 6 (but who’s counting?), and although we are happy to keep our distance as long as necessary, I desperately long for the days when I could drop my girls off with their patient and qualified professional educators instead of facilitating Zoom calls and digital learning platforms all day.

Parents are...

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May 01, 2020. 5 comments

What Parents-to-Be Should Pack in the Hospital Bag

What Parents-to-Be Should Pack in the Hospital Bag

Giving birth in the midst of a global health crisis is probably not what you were envisioning when you got pregnant. There is a lot you don’t have control over right now as everything from the frequency of pre-natal appointments to who you can bring into the labor and delivery room with you is in flux. But you will give birth, and one thing you can control is what you pack to bring along with...

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Apr 30, 2020.

Finally, Our Kids Are Bored

Finally, Our Kids Are Bored

It’s good for kids to be bored. I know this, you know this, most of us know this. We were bored as kids, roaming the neighborhood with our friends, our imaginations and a distinct lack of electronic devices. We believe this boredom is at least partly responsible for the creativity and resilience we developed as kids. We had to make our own, distinctly unscheduled, fun.

In fact, we have...

Apr 30, 2020. 3 comments

Build These Papercraft Models of Classic Computers

Build These Papercraft Models of Classic Computers

There are lots of ways to pass the time right now. You could read more books. Watch more TV. Take longer family walks after dinner. Or—or—you could build paper models of the computers you grew up with so your kids can see (and appreciate, dammit!) how far technology has come and how lucky they are, what with their Chromebooks and their iPads and their Nintendo Switches.

Graphic designer Rocky...

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Apr 29, 2020.

Host 'Theme Weeks' For Your Kids At Home

Host 'Theme Weeks' For Your Kids At Home

At this point in the pandemic, your kids are likely missing school and you’re definitely missing the time when your kids used to go to school. The days are all blending together now, and school was able to switch things up in a way we couldn’t fully appreciate before. But you can take a page from your school’s Keep Things Interesting Playbook: Bring the idea of the classic school spirit week...

Apr 29, 2020.

Get a Free Online 'Lion King' Broadway Course for Your Kid

Get a Free Online 'Lion King' Broadway Course for Your Kid

The most theatrical of our kids may be tiring of the simple one-person plays and puppet shows they’ve been performing in the living room. Maybe they had a role in the school’s spring musical before everything—including their would-be rehearsals and performances—shut down. Or maybe they’re just bored and are looking for something new and interesting to tackle. If they’ve got some extra time on...

Apr 28, 2020. 2 comments

Create a Pandemic Time Capsule With Your Kids

Create a Pandemic Time Capsule With Your Kids

Our family wall calendar for the month of March is a wee bit haunting. While we each have our own systems for tracking personal appointments or assignments, the calendar that hangs in our kitchen is the way we keep track of the things all three of us need to know. Soccer practices and basketball games. Out-of-town work meetings. Early dismissal days at school. The day the dog needs his...

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Apr 28, 2020.

Watch Disney's Fireworks Show at Home

Watch Disney's Fireworks Show at Home

I’ve been thinking about Disney World a lot these days. Before the pandemic hit, my husband and I were in the very early stages of planning a trip there with our nine-year-son this fall. How innocent we were, way back in February, when standing in long lines with strangers and touching handrails all day seemed like a good idea.

These days, we don’t know when our kids will go back to school,...

Apr 27, 2020. 7 comments

Try the 'Wet Cat' Technique to Ease Your Child's Anxiety

Try the 'Wet Cat' Technique to Ease Your Child's Anxiety

There’s plenty of anxiety to go around these days, and unfortunately, it’s not only reserved for the grown-ups in the home. Kids can get anxious in even the best of times, let alone when they’re stuck at home in the middle of a pandemic, distanced from their friends and trying to keep up with their virtual school work. These are anxious times.

Stuart Fitzwilliam, creator of Imaginhero

a...

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Apr 25, 2020. 3 comments

Buy Your Kids a Bunch of Cardstock

Buy Your Kids a Bunch of Cardstock

You might be at the point in this stay-at-home pandemic where you need to switch up your kid’s art supplies a bit. Maybe they’ve already blown through every piece of construction paper in the house, or maybe you’re tired of Magic-Erasing surfaces where markers have bled through too-thin paper. If so, it’s time to pull out the big guns, by which we mean “give your kids a crapload of...

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Apr 24, 2020. 5 comments

Attend Sesame Street and CNN's Virtual COVID-19 Town Hall

Attend Sesame Street and CNN's Virtual COVID-19 Town Hall

A lot of weird stuff is happening across the world right now. Most of it is weird in a bad way. But Big Bird and Sanjay Gupta teaming up for a coronavirus town hall for kids and parents? Now, THAT is the sort of weird we can get behind.

Sesame Street and CNN have announced that they will partner up at 9 a.m. (Eastern) on Saturday, April 25 for “The ABC’s of COVID-19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town...

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Apr 24, 2020. 10 comments

Will Only Children Have a Tougher Time During the Pandemic?

Will Only Children Have a Tougher Time During the Pandemic?

If you’re a parent of any number of children, chances are good you’re worried about the effect this time in isolation is having on them. Parents of kids with special needs are

struggling to get the services their children usually rely on. Parents of multiple kids are wondering when the endless sibling arguments will officially drive the whole family completely bonkers. And parents of only...

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Apr 23, 2020. 10 comments

Check Out These Free Coloring Pages for Kids of All Ages

Check Out These Free Coloring Pages for Kids of All Ages

There’s a reason why adult coloring books burst into popularity a few years back—there’s something soothing about taking crayon, marker or colored pencil to paper and creating a colorful masterpiece simply by filling in what someone else already drew for you. It is mindless yet satisfying. Which is exactly what we all need right now.

If your kids haven’t already blown through every coloring...

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Apr 23, 2020. 1 comments

Connect With Nearby Friends and Family With a 'Family Drop Box'

Connect With Nearby Friends and Family With a 'Family Drop Box'

When my husband’s parents returned from a trip to Florida back at the beginning of March, I picked them up from the airport and my son and I elbow-bumped them in greeting in place of our usual hugs. We haven’t been within six feet of them since that night, despite the fact that they live a mere seven-minute drive from our home and we’re used to getting together regularly for special...

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Apr 22, 2020. 6 comments

Are You Still Trying to Conceive During the Pandemic?

Are You Still Trying to Conceive During the Pandemic?

Deciding when to try to conceive a baby can be complicated during the best of times. Even when your jobs are stable, are you sure you’re really financially ready? Even if you’d like to wait a little longer, is your age starting to creep up enough that you worry your window may be closing? What about sibling age gaps and too-short parental leaves and too-high daycare costs? Now let’s throw a...

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