The Silver Linings of 2020


2020 has been challenging financially, socially and emotionally, and many of us will be happy to leave it behind. Still, it’s worth noting the honest-to-goodness positives that may have come our way as the direct result of the difficulties we’ve faced:

  • We’ve become more generous with our friends and neighbors. We’ve supported charitable organizations, even in these tough times, and changed to support local and minority-owned businesses.
  • We’ve spent more time outside.
  • We’ve learned or honed satisfying, practical skills like baking, gardening and handcrafts. We’ve also developed — and are teaching our children — resilience. And we’ve found our creativity flourishing as we solve new problems.
  • We’ve enjoyed extra down-time with our immediate families. Many kids are thriving during quarantine, and happy to have more interaction with their dads.
  • We’ve embraced self-care. Sure, we’ve always said self-care was important, but these days more people are actually taking time for themselves, whether it’s a short-term fix (a bath, a decadent dessert, a binge-watch) or something that reduces stress in the long term (meditating, running, doing yoga, adopting a dog, or making art).
  • We’ve paid better attention to the world around us. COVID-19 laid bare some of our systemic problems, and more of us have turned to activism. More people than ever voted in the U.S. elections this year.
  • We’ve grown in gratitude. We appreciate friends and family more than ever. And 2020 has also taught us to see the gifts inherent in slowing down and focusing more on our core values. “When life is sweet,” as writer Shauna Niequist reminds us, “say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.”
February 2021 Books

February 2021 Books

February 2021 Books February is Black History Month! Celebrate with these books… The ABC’s of Black History by Rio Cortez, illustrated by Lauren Semmer Told in rhyming text, this book follows the alphabet as we learn all about black history of the U.S. and around the...

February 2021 Amazing Activities 

February 2021 Amazing Activities 

February 2021 Amazing Activities February is Black History Month! Read a picture book by a black writer or illustrator together. Groundhog Day! Teach your child to make shadow puppets and look out for six more weeks of winter! February is also National Bird Feeding...

January 2021 Amazing Activities

January 2021 Amazing Activities

January 2021 Amazing Activities What is a goal for this year that you and your child can commit to achieving? January is National Hobby Month! What is a hobby your child can start this month? Do 15 sit-ups with your child! Trivia Day! What’s a random or fun fact you...

January 2021 Books

January 2021 Books

January 2021 Books January 18th is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Learn about how this leader changed the course of the civil rights movement with these books… I am Martin Luther King, Jr. (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher...

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