Article / Published Apr 16

One Great Thing for Friday, 4/17

As parents grappling with life in the era of coronavirus ourselves, we know how hard it feels to get through these days—let alone what the next weeks and months will bring. Every day, we’ll share a few great things that are helping us cope with kids at home, work to do, and plenty to worry about. We hope they help you, too.

For families with multiple kids, siblings can make great playmates during this phase when friends aren’t coming over. But being together all day, every day is a lot. For everyone. Challenging as it is in a confined space, aim to spend some regular one-on-one time with each child, even if it means sitting on the front steps for a half-hour. Take the opportunity to connect, separate them from their brothers and sisters, and give them a chance to talk to you about any worries.

From the Department of Silver Linings: With so many people staying home, highways are emptying out and traffic fatalities are way down.

We’re back to traveling the world from home. This time, take a virtual field trip to the Great Wall of China to see one of the “new” Seven Great Wonders of the World.

What movie, TV clip, or visual image always makes you laugh, no matter how many times you see it?

Elmo and the Sesame Street gang are staying home right now, too—and they’re adapting with virtual playdates. Watch "Elmo's Playdate," available right now on PBS, to see Elmo and his friends learn how to connect in new ways. Then talk about it as a family: How are you staying connected with loved ones near and far right now?

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