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As difficult as our current circumstances are, I have been so impressed with all of the amazing content that is being put into the world right now. Today’s links offer some encouragement, and point to additional resources to keep us entertained, informed, and productive as we navigate full-time life from our homes.

Free Resources for You and Your Kids in Quarantine 2020, by Erin Schroder

“While it’s a scary time, I 100% believe that if we can stay positive and focus on using this time to learn a new craft, make a new recipe, spend extra time snuggling with your kiddos, it can be a time that grows us, relaxes us and reconnects with us with the ones who mean the most.”

What to Watch, Read and Listen To During Your Coronavirus Self-Quarantine, from The New York Times

“It is a bad time. Many people across the globe are sick with coronavirus. Those who aren’t are being encouraged to stay away from public spaces. Schools, museums, movie theaters, bars, restaurants: all closed. You’re home, and you need a distraction. Let us help.”

Gettin’ All Up In Beauty’s Face, by Myquillyn Smith

“It’s our job to seek out beauty, to put ourself in its path so that we don’t miss it. Even while we’re cloistered away at home. ​​​​​​​Especially while we’re cloistered away.

I Spent a Year in Space, and I Have Tips on Isolation to Share, by Scott Kelly

“Seen from space, the Earth has no borders. The spread of the coronavirus is showing us that what we share is much more powerful than what keeps us apart, for better or for worse. All people are inescapably interconnected, and the more we can come together to solve our problems, the better off we will all be.”

From @sim_kern (Twitter)

“To all the folks trying to recreate school at home, with highly structured schedules & worksheets: we teach that way in schools because of CROWD CONTROL, not because it’s the best way to learn. Kids have a rare opportunity here to engage in deep, authentic learning instead.”

How Kid’s Lit Is Responding to the Coronavirus, by Alex Green

“With widespread school and library closures due to the new coronavirus outbreak, children’s authors and publishers are going digital to provide kids with ways to read, draw, engage, and support other children who might need a helping hand. PW is tracking some of the most creative efforts on social media and across the web, and will be updating our list regularly.”

The Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief, by Scott Berinato

“There is something powerful about naming this as grief. It helps us feel what’s inside of us. So many have told me in the past week, ‘I’m telling my coworkers I’m having a hard time,’ or ‘I cried last night.’ When you name it, you feel it and it moves through you. Emotions need motion. It’s important we acknowledge what we go through.”

Working From Home: Tips When You Have a Toddler, by Kendi Skeen

“Think of it like working in a loud Starbucks with no headphones and the baristas are all new here. It is possible, it’s just may not be your favorite. So if you are new to working at home with a toddler or baby or small kids, welcome to the show. Buckle up because it is a bumpy ride that you WILL want to get off of and there will be no refunds.”

Nature as Comfort During Tumultuous Times, by Christine Bailey

“Wherever we live, whether we’re holed up inside voluntarily or involuntarily, even just a few minutes soaking up some natural beauty outside will do wonders for our souls. Nature is where I experience God’s love and care a lot more clearly. Honestly, getting out in nature has never not come through for me, providing hope and a fresh perspective during even the darkest and most uncertain of days.”

Have you come across any other articles or sources that have been helpful for you during this unique time of social distancing? Please drop a link in the comments!

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