Schools are closed. Activities are canceled. We're supposed to practice "social distancing." And our kids seem to have more energy than ever before! How are parents expected to maintain their mental health as we take measures to protect our physical health? There's certainly no perfect way to handle school closures, but here are eight tips that might help:
I've been seeing ads for Tinkergarten on Facebook and Instagram recently. The philosophy is intriguing — get kids outside to learn skills like empathy, collaboration, and problem solving. When I had the opportunity to try a class with my daughter in Arlington, I jumped at the chance.
Everyone thinks of fall as apple picking season. And apple picking is great — don't get me wrong. But when my family goes apple picking, we fight the crowds, someone always winds up with a tummy ache, and we pick more apples than we can eat. It's a once-a-season trip for us. There are so many other awesome things for families to do in the fall! Here are my top seven fall activities for families in and near Boston.
As a mother of three little ones who also works outside the home, I keep a lot of schedules in my brain. In summer, it feels like everyone is doing something new every week, and it's a challenge to keep track of it all. I have definitely had moments of panic when I forget where my oldest is and think that I've forgotten to pick her up on time. I'll be grateful to get back into the school routine and have it stay the same for the next nine months!
I don't know when I'll get the chance to buy someone's groceries, but I will if the opportunity presents itself. Until then, I made a donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank. I'll hold the door for someone with a stroller, the way others have held the door for me when I've had my stroller. And I'll look for other opportunities to pay it forward.
It's very important to me that my children are polite. They both engage in conversations with adults, and if someone asks how they are, and they respond with, 'Fine, thank you. How are you?' I feel like I've done my job. But maybe I'm accidentally committing a faux pas that outweighs all that I've taught them?
I've always loved bookstores. When I was little, my grandma would take me to our local mall for the newest Baby-Sitters Club book. More recently, when we decided to make the move to the suburbs, I focused on towns with a bearable commute into Boston and an indie bookstore! Tomorrow, the last Saturday in April, is Independent Bookstore Day, and Boston has some great ones!
Pregnancy is a special time. A woman's body is going through so many changes in order to support and nurture new life. And, let's be honest, a lot of those changes suck, particularly in the third trimester. If you're currently in the third trimester, I hope you can identify with (and laugh about) some of these "special" changes. If you're in the earlier stages of pregnancy, here are some things you can look forward to. (And if your pregnancies are behind you, you can nod knowingly and be glad these things are in your past.)