One Great Thing for Thursday, 3/26

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.

Look for ways to give each other space. (Easier said than done right now, we know.) Even in a cozy apartment, create little zones for different kinds of activities: a table can become a game zone, a bean bag chair with a headset can become the chill-out corner. Carve out some daily time for activities each person can do alone, too.

Our phones are…gross. Here are some tips for cleaning and disinfecting them—more important now than ever!

Struggling to convince your kids to read? Audiobooks are a great alternative—and yes, they count as reading. Audible has opened its massive library for free, no log-in required. Pick a great book and start listening to the first chapters together.

“What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?” (Chocolate on pizza, anyone? No?)

Give your pajamas a break. Plan a formal family dinner party—get dressed up, use the nice plates, and make a favorite meal. (Need ideas for dishes made from pantry staples like rice, grains, and pasta? Try these.)

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