On Thursday, March 19th at 8pm, we will be hosting a free Grappling Circle designed to support parents managing the emotional and logistical challenges we are all facing in this unprecedented moment in our lives. Our intention is to provide people a safe forum to express their feelings as well as offer some coping strategies for ourselves and our children. The circle will be run by Mary Pat Draddy, LMSW and Dynamo Director of Workshops + Training. We will cap the circle at 15 participants.

Register in advance for this meeting:  (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)

RESOURCES FOR ADULTS to use for kids

NPR Comic Explaining the Coronavirus

NPR comic for kids based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.  To make this comic, NPR used interviews with social work and health science experts.

50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12

From picture books to graphic novels, fantasy to family fun, these must-read books have the power to hook both boys and girls. Some are cultural touchstones that belong in every kid’s library. Others open kids’ minds to cultures beyond their own. And some are modern releases that have the timeless quality of classics — the kinds that get handed down to siblings and passed around classrooms. Whether you have a reluctant reader or budding bookworm, check out these surefire, kid-tested titles. (We’ve included a few rated best for 12 and up for the precocious readers out there!)

Read Aloud Books from StoryLine Online

If you want your kids doing something educational but you are trying to work and parent at the same time, this is an excellent and entertaining resource. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home
Although Broadway is currently closed, those of us who love theater don’t have to go entirely without it.  Here are a variety of plays and musical available to watch online.

Movie Lists categorized by Age and Rating from Common Sense Media

Many of us are using this time of social distancing to expose our children to movies, maybe some old favorites from our own childhoods.  Need some help jogging your memory or moving beyond the obvious options? Common Sense Media editors help you choose the best movies for kids and are rated to help you decide whether they’re age-appropriate for your family.

List of Educational Shows on Netflix generated by actual teachers

What are the best educational Netflix shows? A group of teachers have gathered the top 30 currently streaming.

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RESOURCES FOR ADULTS for themselves or their parenting

Webinar from a Variety of Experts on Social Distancing

Authors Julie Lythcott-Haims, Cara Natterson, Lori Gottlieb, Tina Payne Bryson, Katherine Reynolds Lewis and Deborah Reber give advice on parenting in the coronavirus era. As college students head home from campus and school-age children lobby for playdates, how can parents hold the line when it comes to recommended social distancing? Is there such a thing as a reasonable playdate? What steps jeopardize your household or the country? How many days can any of us expect to hold out against a whiny, cooped-up tween?

Article from Lisa Damour on Managing Anxiety around Coronavius

People of all ages are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus, and teenagers, as a group, tend to experience emotions especially intensely. If you are raising, teaching or otherwise caring for an adolescent who is feeling very nervous about it, here are five things you can do.

“Kitchen Table Kindness” Activities from Natalie Silverstein, Author of “Simple Acts”
Lisa Damour suggests caring for others as a way to reduce anxiety.  Although volunteering in the community may be impossible during these challenging days, there are lots of “Kitchen Table Kindness” activities that can keep children meaningfully engaged while spreading kindness to others.

Op-Ed piece by Jennifer Senior on Marriage and Times of Stress
A good reminder that times of stress and intense contact put pressure on us not only as parents but also as partners.

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