Families are spending more time at home together than ever before. The kitchen table has transformed into both the office and the classroom. The backyard hosts the kids' gym classes and adult workouts. Playdates and coffee dates happen in front of a computer—as do medical appointments and mental health care. It's a trying time for everyone, but no one is in it alone. Use this guide to inspire play, plan celebrations, maintain learning and work, and keep your sanity as we all get through this time together.
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We tapped tech and education experts for their picks in the crowded kids’ app space, then gave a panel of junior testers permission to play. What we discovered: Great learning apps are almost as hard to find as disinfectant wipes—but they do exist. Here are some gems to help you out this school year.
This year, we’ve never appreciated grocery essentials more, so we asked chefs, dietitians, food bloggers, and Parents editors to tell us what healthy pantry items they couldn’t live without—and then we gave the goods to families for a taste test. Here are the winning products that wowed busy parents and picky eaters alike.
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There’s nothing quite like the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. When your kids need a moment to unwind, whip out these free printable Christmas coloring pages. They’ll entertain your little ones and build excitement for Santa’s arrival!
The Elf on the Shelf is a beloved book and holiday tradition involving Santa’s scout elves. They report to the North Pole every night before Christmas, and when they return to their families in the morning, they “hide” in different spots. Get your child excited for the festive game with seven coloring pages of the mischievous, clever characters.