During this time of social distancing, the bond we feel with our fellow parents during the coronavirus is strong. As new parents we have a unique set of circumstances and concerns around the coronavirus that we all can relate to. Luckily, we have means to stay connected even as we hunker down with our families and practice social distancing, and we can lean on each other for support.
One way to help each other is to continue to pool our knowledge and resources. I have been so touched by all of the experts online extending their expertise to help parents navigate this crazy situation. I’ve seen everything from homeschoolers sharing their free online learning resources to chefs and nutritionists sharing shopping lists and meal plans.
Here are some of the most up-to-date links I’ve found especially useful so far for parents concerning a variety of aspects of our current life and coronavirus. If you have more to share, please link to it in the comments, so our whole community can benefit.
Top parenting questions, like what to do about playgrounds, playdates and visits from grandparents, updated daily in this New York Times article here.
Buying formula for your baby amidst the coronavirus panic. What you need to know.
Here’s some advice about how to talk to your kids about coronavirus.
Find free entertainment resources online here to keep you sane during social distancing.
Join the conversation about the unique emotional labor of moms through the coronavirus.
Could use some comedic relief? Check out these tweets from parents on HuffPost.
Got kids or toddler home from school and / or daycare? Pop Sugar has an awesome line-up of online learning and play resources here.
Here is an article about cooking and preparing food together at home from the Washington Post.
Has your job moved to remote work? Forbes gives some advice for making the transition to working from an office to working from home.
Some truths and myth-busting around boosting your immunity from the New York Times.
Kids at home? Keep them engaged with this list of award-winning children’s podcasts that adults will enjoy too.
ps: As I write this, my husband is working out of our bedroom. I'm working out of our second bedroom, and my kids are building a pillow fort all around me. I feel very privileged and grateful that this time is only a minor inconvenience for us and acknowledge deeply the struggles of other families having to juggle and face so much more uncertainty. Our hearts here at Amara go out to everyone who has been and continues to be negatively impacted by the virus and its spread. We are all in this together. Let’s help each other get through this together--with as much kindness, understanding, patience and grace as we can. xoxo