Jillian is a writer and part-time foodie. She feeds a diabetic spouse, a meat-and-potatoes kid, & a wannabe vegan on the daily. Read about what she's learned.
Survival Skills Beginners Should Pursue
Just a few shorts years ago, “preppers” or “survivalists” often formed insular communities or hid their interest lest others view them as paranoid. With rising climate issues and a global pandemic that shows no signs of disappearing, interest in prepping is exploding. While many people begin their focus with collecting items, the focus should turn quickly to collecting skills as well. There are some valuable skills that will help surviving a catastrophic event more likely. To begin, consider working on these areas.
Making Plans for Virtual Learning
Preparing to virtual school for the first time can be a daunting task. Unlike homeschooling, in which the parents have the final say in choosing a curriculum, virtual school is a different experience. Students will complete curriculum and activities based on the school district’s planning, and students and parents have to adjust to those expectations. Virtual schooling does not have to be stressful, however. These tips can help to make it a more palatable and productive experience for everyone.
Tips for Working from Home with Kids
For people who are new to working from home or who are pushed into it by circumstances, the move can feel overwhelming. Veterans of working at home with children have learned strategies to aid in juggling everything under one roof. These tips can help make the process more manageable to people who are learning to work from home with kids.
Helping Teens with Virtual Learning
With millions of students around the United States moving to remote learning during the coronavirus outbreak, challenges abound. Families are suddenly all working and going to school in the same space, which presents space and noise conflicts. It also can be easy to lose focus and get little done. Transitioning to virtual classrooms can be made easier by following a few useful tips.
Activities for Toddlers During Quarantine
Are you under a coronavirus quarantine? Does your child just have a normal childhood illness? Is life with a toddler frustrating? Any way you slice it, being at home with people in the 2-4 year old range can be challenging. Here are some ideas to keep everyone busy and sane during this time.
Avoiding Teen Brain Drain During Quarantine
Losing academic skills during the weeks or months that school may be closed because of coronavirus quarantine is a serious concern, especially for teens who have complex coursework to complete. While carrying on with school lessons may not be feasible, there are ways to keep your teens from brain drain - and limit their video game time - during the coronavirus quarantine.
Basic Emergency Food Plan
What food your family should have on hand for an emergency depends on the tools you have. For the sake of argument, let’s assume that you have a manual can opener and serving utensils but no other items, such as a propane burner. Check out these items for cheap and easy hurricane—or other disaster—prep.
Keep Busy During Hurricanes
For Americans who live in the Southeast, hurricanes are a part of life. While hurricane seasons have become stronger in the past decade, they have always been part of life in this part of the country for a long time. While most of the focus is on how to prepare for the hurricane to ensure proper hygiene, water, and food, it’s important to be able to keep yourself—and your kids!—occupied while you’re waiting out the storm. Check out these ideas:
Back to School Tips
Back to school can be a stressful time for parents, students, and teachers. There are some ways to make the process easier for parents as they prepare their children to move into the new school year. Spend the weeks before school starts getting ready for the year ahead to ensure a good experience for everyone. These tips should be basic starting points for getting your kiddo ready for back to school.
Basic Hurricane Preparedness
Whether you’re an experienced hurricane survivor or a newbie to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, you should be prepared for hurricane season as it approaches. There are a few basic principles to adhere to if you want to make sure that your household is ready when the winds and rain come.
Healthy Fruit & Veggie Snacks
Snacks are an important part of most people’s diets, but if you can have healthy snacks, they are even better! Here are some delicious options if you want to add some fruit and vegetable snacks to your rotation. The key to choosing healthy snacks is to prepare them before you’re ready to eat. Spend an hour on the weekend chopping fruits and veggies and making dips and spreads so that it’s easier to choose this option when you’re looking for something to stave off between-meal hunger.