Article / Published Apr 22

One Great Thing for Thursday, 4/23

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.

Start the day on a positive note—literally. Have each person write one positive word on a slip of paper and explain how they’re going to live up to that word throughout the day. (For example, “Kindness. I will demonstrate kindness today by helping my younger brother with his math assignments.”) Lofty, perhaps, but why not aim high?

Talk about “going viral.” A story about a Belgian study recently made the rounds on social media, describing how the coronavirus is easily spread by runners and cyclists. But it turns out that there are several reasons to question the validity of the information. Maintaining ample space from other people is undoubtedly important right now, but it’s a good reminder to get your information from vetted sources.

Bedtime Math serves up a quick bite of wacky, fun math. Exercises are flexible for students of different ages. This has long been one of our favorite bedtime activities. Now with schools closed, it's become an all-the-time activity.

What’s something common from your childhood that will seem strange to future generations?

Any Harry Potter fans in the house? If you’ve read the first book in the series (or seen the movie), try this quiz to find out how well you know the Hogwarts professors.

The cast of Hamilton on Broadway asked fans at home to submit footage of them singing “Non-stop.” The result is an amazing collage of singers of all ages and backgrounds.

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