Article / Published Mar 31

One Great Thing for Wednesday, 4/1

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.

Cut yourself some slack. Hitting the drive-through or ordering delivery when you're too tired to cook doesn't make you a bad parent. And at the same time you can support a local business that needs it. (Here are some good tips for enjoying takeout while staying safe from the virus.)

Here’s how one New Orleans family is coping with the plunge into homeschooling: "Parenting on a normal day is an exercise in patience. Supervising a school day at home against the super stressful backdrop of a pandemic requires next-level patience. My personal reserve of patience, it seems, is running low these days. And unlike toilet paper, patience can't be hoarded for later use." Read more.

Reading is the single most valuable learning activity your kids can do during their time at home—even if they do nothing else. But with libraries and bookstores closed, getting new reading material can be a challenge. The Junior Library Guild is offering a curated set of highly acclaimed books for elementary, middle, and high schoolers, all available to read online at no cost.

“If you could jump into a pool of something, what would it be?”

Kids going stir crazy? Joe is their new PE teacher. Class is in session daily.

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