Working Parents: Emergency Supplies for 30 Minutes of Quiet
My coworkers and I are in a routine now. We drink coffee together and chat about last night’s stellar Uno game. We settle down quickly to the serious work of resubmitting an R01 and creating content for Edge for Scholars. Middle management naps in the window.
The interns roll in around 10 AM and, after reviewing our mission, vision, values and goals, embark on training and development with frozen waffles.
At the intersection of Zoom conferences and melt downs are the glorious You Tubers who have valiantly posted hours of distraction content.
Here are emergency supplies for 30 minutes to 5 hours of quiet time:
Former NASA engineer delivers quality content with clear explanations. Mark Rober is a family favorite and has just started science class 3 days a week. His monthly videos are impressive.
When your kids are engrossed in learning about the French Revolution, you can’t tell them to turn off the TV and clean their room. The most entertaining of history lessons.
Popular Mechanics for Kids (PMK)
Canadian TV show from the late 1990s that shows how things work. A little dated, but still a favorite in our house.
King of Random
Videos dedicated to all kinds of life hacks, experiments, and random projects. Less focused on science, but entertaining.
His description: Mad vehicles. Epic projects. Crazy inventions.
My kids are still talking about treadmill stairs and catapulting out of bed. Perhaps don’t try these at home.
Kara and Nate
Geography, adventure, and kindness. Kara and Nate spent 4 years visiting 100 countries and documented every single moment.
Rainbow art projects with a little ‘tude. Tween heaven.
Most Dangerous Ways to School
These eye opening family-friendly episodes had my kids thinking about school in a very different way.
Recommendations from my colleagues with younger kids
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Daily mini drawing workshop with famed children’s book illustrator and writer, Mo Willems.
Fun movement and mindfulness videos for when the interns are jumping off the couches.
Daily projects based on grade level.
Adventure Academy (annual subscription)
An educational and interactive game.
Brainpop and Brainpop Junior (annual subscription)
Short, animated, educational movies for kids of all ages.
Enough quality programming for a good 6 years of social distancing.