Even in this era of coronavirus, there are still big events where we want to give a gift to a loved one: birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, graduations, and “just because.” Wondering how to give a gift in a safe and responsible manner in a time of coronavirus? Our corresondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of innovative gift ideas in a time of social distancing. It’s our gift guide of birthday, anniversary and more gifts to give while social distancing. So you can stay calm, and gift on.
With distance learning from home the current situation for little kids from grades K-6, parents are understandably eager to find ways to keep the little ones entertained without introducing bad screen habits (and inappropriate content) during this challenging time. Our correspondent Jillian Tangen – herself a working mother of three – has rounded up the best online entertainment right now for little kids, including animals at zoos, science, movement and dance, art, music and story times. These activities aren’t strictly just for education – but they’re all mom-approved.
Is it possible to stay connected to friends and far-away family in a time of mandatory social distancing? Actually, yes. Video calling apps like Zoom have exploded as a platform for digital connection in lieu of hanging with friends at a favorite bar or restaurant during this time of mandatory social distance. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of some of the best and most innovative ways to connect digitally in a time of social distance, including ideas for great virtual hangouts, and how to host a successful digital party or virtual happy hour.
Procrastibaking, comfort baking, distractibaking, even rage baking – sometimes the best way to deal with strong emotion is to get into the kitchen and reach for the mixing bowl and the cookbooks. With anxieties at an all-time high thanks to COVID-19, enforced coronavirus captivity is the perfect moment to get comfort baking with a beautiful cookbook. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has 12 of the very best baking cookbooks for stress relief. Grab your whisk and let’s go!
Much of the world is confined to home right now. Among the many challenges? Boredom and loneliness. A shrinking of the spirit and a sense of isolation. Perhaps even some fatigue from excessive time housemates and family members. What can be done? Two words, dear reader: live streaming. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has a curated a list of some of the best free live-streaming broadcasts for kids, music, concerts, museums, exercise, cooking, classes and self-improvement of all kinds. Did we mention that they’re all free?