Updated: Mar 24, 2020
One thing you are definitely not, is alone.
"Reach Out I'll Be There," by The Four Tops
Now if you feel that you can't go on (can't go on)
Because all of your hope is gone (all your hope is gone)
And your life is filled with much confusion (much confusion)
Until happiness is just an illusion (happiness is just an illusion)
And your world around is crumbling down, darlin'
(Reach out) Come on girl reach on out for me
(Reach out) Reach out for me
Hah, I'll be there with a love that will shelter you
I'll be there with a love that will see you through
None of us needs one more article or e-mail telling us "how to" survive this Covid-19 emergency we are all facing. First of all, we have all received far too many of those already, and second, it gives off the wrong impression that any one of us actually "knows" how to do that.
No one does.
The two things we all do know how to do - and must do right now - is reach out for each other and be there for each other.
For that purpose, I just sent out an e-mail (eye roll, I know) to my community of friends, colleagues and clients, with a list of resources that I believe are great gifts to us all in this time of need.
If you think of members of your own communities who would enjoy and benefit from any of these, please do reach out to them and share.
Stay safe and healthy while you are physically distancing,
P.S. If you would like any additional help or resources, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before you do anything else, watch this show of unity and love in Italy first.
For Adults [& children with adult supervision]:
Art: Free Tours of the greatest museums in the world
Nature: Tours of 5 U.S. National Parks
Reading: over 300,000 e-books and audiobooks from the New York Public Library (with books for children available as well)
Well-being: The Greater Good Science Center from UC Berkeley, free Facebook Lives
Spirituality & Calm: The Rubin Museum has uploaded a 2-hour long live stream from their Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room with accompanying chanting
For Parents and Educators:
Distance learning resources from The Smithsonian
PBS learning tools
Flipgrid, supporting remote learning
The most extensive list of educational resources anywhere on the internet right now
Child Mind Institute, Facebook Lives, daily tips, and many other resources
Cyber Civics for homeschool and community groups, now at 50% off with code: stuckathome2020
Remote learning resources for kids and teens from The New York Public Library
Live book readings by astronauts
Digital Wellness Corner:
In the Recommended Reading & Free Resources section of my website, you will find a button that says Screen-Free How-To; the Screen-Free Week initiative will have to be postponed this year, but you can still use these guidelines (in a Covid-19 appropriate way)
Screen-free activities to do with the kids at home (and many don't require supervision!) by Screen-free Parenting
Printable screen-time tracker for families by BagbyFree
Cyber Civics activities for the family by CyberWise
Virtual programming that I will be featured in:
March 23rd: Live Series on Digital Wellness, Episode 2: Social Media | Social Brain, 10:00am EST Made of Millions YouTube channel
March 24th: EmotionAI, Panel discussion on "22nd Century Learning," 2pm EST
March 26th: Social Distancing as a Family: Screen Time Strategies and Resources, for parents of children 6-12, 7:00pm EST