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Dropping Ice Cream Onto Your Kids Is the Weirdest Fun You'll Have All Summer

If you’ve run out of ways to make this summer exciting, we’ve got a suggestion you probably haven’t thought of yet—drop ice cream from your roof onto your kids. Or, rather, try to drop ice cream into the giant bowls your kids are holding, and hope for the best.Read more...
Tags: Summer, Lifehacks, Icecream, Pandemic Parenting


How Are You Salvaging This Summer for Your Kids?

I’ll say it: This summer has been a bummer so far, and it’s not looking like it’s going to get much better. As the school year wound down, and summer approached, my son would even say things like, “Well, I’m going to be on summer vacation soon, not that it matters because we won’t be able to go anywhere or do…Read more...
Tags: Summer, Fun, Lifehacks, Pandemic Parenting


Let Your Kids Have ‘Video Sleepovers’ With Their Friends

Kids are missing out on lots of conventional social interactions with their friends right now, but we’re also getting pretty good at figuring out pandemic variations on the classics. “It’s Better Than Nothing” should be everyone’s mantra by now, which is why I’m going to recommend that you let your kids have video…Read more...
Tags: Friendship, Lifehacks, Video Chat, Pandemic Parenting


How to Safely Take Kids to the Playground

I cannot tell you that by going to a playground right now, you or your child aren’t exposing yourselves to at least some risk of contracting COVID-19. But I see you out there, parents of little kids who are desperate to get them out of the house and burn off some of their energy. If you’ve been debating whether or not …Read more...
Tags: Summer, Play, Lifehacks, Playgrounds, Pandemic Parenting


Here's What Pediatricians Recommend for School This Fall

Parents everywhere are holding their breath this summer, waiting to see what school in the fall might look like. Sending kids into school everyday seems so risky for everyone involved; and yet, the thought of more weeks or months of remote learning is also emotionally daunting. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)…Read more...
Tags: Learning, Education, Lifehacks, Pandemic Parenting


These Free Books Can Help Kids with Autism Understand the Pandemic

It can be difficult for any child (or adult, honestly) to grasp all the changes we’ve had to make in our lives this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But children with autism often need a little extra help in understanding why life looks so different right now, especially as we approach the start of another…Read more...
Tags: Reading, Autism, Special Needs, Lifehacks, Pandemic Parenting


Make Little Kids the 'Family Mask Monitor'

I don’t know about the rest of you, but the novelty of mask-wearing has officially worn thin in my family. My nine-year-old son thought they were pretty cool at first—he even wanted to create reasons to have to wear them—but now he sees them for the uncomfortable inconvenience that they are. Unfortunately, he (and me,…Read more...
Tags: Lifehacks, Face Masks, Pandemic Parenting, Pandemic Life


Our Kids Are Watching How We Act Right Now

I’ve written about how to have a variety of “big talks” with our kids as they grow up—enough of them that we’ve grouped them into their own section so you can peruse them easily. Right now we, as parents, can’t afford to avoid talking with them about any number of challenging topics—the global health crisis, systemic…Read more...
Tags: Kindness, Empathy, Lifehacks, Pandemic Parenting


Occupy Your Kids With These Free Virtual Summer Camps

For many kids, traditional summer camps just aren’t in the cards this year. And as we bid farewell to the at-home academic schedule we clung to all spring, our kids are looking around and saying, “Sooooo.... now what?” Well, like every other aspect of our lives for the better part of this year so far, there are…Read more...
Tags: Summer, Lifehacks, Summer Camp, Pandemic Parenting


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. A…Read more...
Tags: Water, Lifehacks, Swimming, Drowning, Pandemic Parenting


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? Read more...
Tags: Play, Lifehacks, Host, Playdates, Pandemic Parenting


Use Sports to Talk to Kids About Social Justice

As the parent of a sports-obsessed 10-year-old, I was grateful that I was able to relive the Michael Jordan era with my son by watching The Last Dance, ESPN’s series chronicling the Chicago Bulls’ 1997-98 championship season. I was even more pleased that it led to us having in-depth conversations about Jesse Helms’…Read more...
Tags: Sports, Racism, Michael Jordan, Espn, Lifehacks, Chicago Bulls, Jesse Helms, Pandemic Parenting


Throw a ‘Welcome to Summer’ Party for Your Kids

Most school years go out with a bang: There are end-of-year concerts, field days, school-wide picnics, and all sorts of other pomp and circumstance. This year, it’s going out with a barely more than a whimper—a teacher dropping by to say a socially distanced goodbye, a final Zoom call with classmates. With everything…Read more...
Tags: Summer, Lifehacks, Celebrations, Pandemic Parenting


How Are You Going to Survive the Summer at Home?

For weeks now, I’ve been focused on a particular date: June 9. I had until June 9 to figure out a plan for this summer. June 9 was when my son’s third-grade school year would officially wrap up. June 9 was when the loose schedule we’ve been adhering to—centered around blocks of time for reading, schoolwork, breaks and…Read more...
Tags: Kids, Summer, Lifehacks, Pandemic Parenting


How to Help Kids Get Better at Video Chatting

If there’s one thing parents have learned during the pandemic, it’s this: Little kids suck at video chatting. Maybe we already suspected this based on the occasional, disastrous FaceTime or Skype call with out-of-town family. But then we were thrust into this all-online-all-the-time reality, in which video chats feel…Read more...
Tags: Toddlers, Lifehacks, Skype, Facetime, Video Chat, Preschoolers, Pandemic Parenting


Use Labels to End the Snack Wars

During this time of social distancing and homebound isolation, the little things have become extra important. A walk through the neighborhood on a sunny day. Connecting with loved ones over video chat. And making sure your damn brother doesn’t eat all the good cereal again.Read more...
Tags: Snacks, Siblings, Lifehacks, Pandemic Parenting


Have Far-Away Family Make Bedtime Story Videos for Your Kids

We’re all about connecting with friends and family via FaceTime and Zoom and whatnot right now. And for some kids, particularly older kids, that can be a great way to curb the feelings of isolation that we’re all feeling. But for younger kids who may not be old enough to really understand what is happening or be able…Read more...
Tags: Reading, Toddlers, Lifehacks, Facetime, Preschoolers, Pandemic Parenting


Focus Less on Assignments and More on 'Essential Skills'

As the end of the school year approaches and the long summer months loom ahead, I am often struck by two questions: Has my son learned everything he was supposed to learn in third grade? And how the hell am I supposed to keep him from falling even further behind without setting up an ongoing academic schedule during…Read more...
Tags: Learning, Lifehacks, Life Skills, Pandemic Parenting


How to Parent During a Pandemic

I have found there is an ebb and flow to parenting during a pandemic. It has played out in my own home, as well as across my social media feeds, and it goes a little something like this: “Omg, the kids are on screens way too much! They need more educational activities, more learning opportunities, more structure ...…Read more...
Tags: Family, Lifehacks, Screen Time, Pandemic Parenting


Use Magna-Tiles to Secure Birthday Banners to Your Car

We’re all getting creative with how we celebrate big milestones while also physically distancing our way through the pandemic. One popular tactic, particularly for birthdays, has been the drive-by party parade. Guests “gather” around the block by lining up in their cars and then drive by the birthday boy/girl’s home,…Read more...
Tags: Magnets, Birthdays, Lifehacks, Pandemic Parenting


How to Celebrate Your Teen’s Graduation During the Pandemic

Millions of high school seniors will be finishing up their final classes, submitting the last of their assignments and taking their end-of-school-year exams this month. Their long journey toward graduation is about to conclude, and they probably won’t get to walk across the stage, shake a bunch of hands or toss their…Read more...
Tags: High School, Graduation, Lifehacks, Pandemic Parenting


Should You Postpone Your Child's Well Visit During the Pandemic?

Recently, my son turned one year old, and with this milestone, he was due for his 12-month wellness visit. Or—wait—was he? I thought navigating appropriate finger foods for my son was tricky, then the world threw me a pandemic curveball. I wondered if the stay-at-home order in my state of Indiana, and the necessary…Read more...
Tags: Babies, Indiana, Toddlers, Lifehacks, Coronavirus, Pandemic Parenting


Set New ‘Family Pandemic Rules’

Kids on the screens a lot these days? Staying up later? Sleeping in more? Wearing pajamas all day and all night? Hello and welcome to Pandemic Parenting, the gameshow where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter.Read more...
Tags: Lifehacks, Discipline, Rules, Screen Time, Pandemic Parenting


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…Read more...
Tags: Feelings, Emotions, Emotional Health, Lifehacks, Pandemic Parenting


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…Read more...
Tags: School, Lifehacks, Homeschooling, Pandemic Parenting


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.…Read more...
Tags: Anxiety, Creativity, Lifehacks, Boredom, Pandemic Parenting


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…Read more...
Tags: Family, Activity, Lifehacks, Pandemic Parenting


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…Read more...
Tags: Lifehacks, Loneliness, Only Children, Pandemic Parenting


Tell Us Your Best Pandemic Parenting Hacks

Have we reached the point in the coronavirus crisis where we’re actually starting to get a little better at pandemic parenting? Many of us have been at this for several weeks now and have, in all seriousness, gone through many—if not all—of the stages of grief over what our daily lives have become. And yet, we do what…Read more...
Tags: Crisis, Lifehacks, Survival, Pandemic Parenting