3 smart ways to help kids learn online during the COVID-19 pandemic

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For teleworking parents adjusting to having kids at home, here are three ways you can turn screen time into learning time. As families everywhere adjust to social distancing measures such as closed schools, childcare centers, workplaces, and more, parents are grappling with questions regarding their kids’ use of technology. Rebecca Dore , an expert on children and media, offers some tips for how to make the most of screen time for kids who are cooped up at home. Read Full Story

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Kids are spending more hours on screens than ever. Should parents worry?

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Screen time has increased by 500%, according to one study. But as long as kids’ habits don’t continue post-pandemic, they should be just fine. Millions of working parents have spent months largely trapped in their homes with their children. Many are trying to get their jobs done remotely in the constant presence of their kids, and they are desperate for some peace and quiet. Read Full Story

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15 Ikea hacks that just might make homeschooling bearable

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It’s time to rethink your space. But it doesn’t have to break the bank. As the fall semester kicks off, many parents are trying to figure out how to work from home while also managing their kids’ virtual classes. It’s a tall order. To make life a little more tolerable for the whole family, it’s a good time to rethink your space and look for ways to reorganize. Read Full Story

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This (free!) parenting class from Yale will help you eliminate friction in your house

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Aimed at parents of toddlers and teens alike, this class is full of tips to make life a little easier at home. It couldn’t have come at a better time. The past five months have brought families much closer—literally—in ways that have been both incredibly rewarding and incredibly trying. Kids have been taken out of their routines, their classrooms have closed, and their independence and freedoms have been restricted. Many parents, meanwhile, have found themselves juggling work, childcare, and remote education responsibilities all at the same time. It certainly hasn’t made for easy familial relationships. Read Full Story

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Face it, your kids will be home for a while. This $65 cardboard kit creates the perfect desk at home

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Four different kits encourage kids to reimagine their space—and serve a practical function as well. Parents are coming to terms with the painful reality that kids may not be able to return to school full time in the fall, given that coronavirus infections are spiking across the United States. Families are gearing up for the potential of many more months of homeschooling, which means creating designated spaces for schoolwork, desks included. Read Full Story

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