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One Great Thing for Thursday, 5/7

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.

When you lose it on your kids (and if you haven’t already, you will), take the time to apologize and explain why you reacted the way you did. They’ll learn that you’re also managing your emotions at this time, and you’ll model for them that it's okay to make mistakes.

It's normal to be anxious during these times—and there’s no way to hide it from our kids entirely (see above; you’ll probably lose it at some point). But here are some strategies to avoid passing those worries onto the kids.

Let's play the MysteryGrid game. Arrange the number tiles so every row and column contains one of each tile, and the tiles fit the clues. Kids love it and they accidentally learn math and logic along the way.

What word is a lot of fun to say over and over? Ours is "kerplunk."

Getting jealous of all the people on Instagram showing off their green thumbs? So are we. Here’s how to grow fresh produce from your food scraps.


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