Kelly Faircloth
kellyfaircloth
Senior Writer, Jezebel
3/18/20
3:00 PM
9

For kids around preschool age Teachers Pay Teachers has a lot of good stuff and some free downloads if you're on a budget, I made my daughter some St. Patrick’s day activities yesterday. My son has digital learning from school so that's torture (let's pay teachers all the money and special ed teachers all the money x Read more

3/18/20
2:49 PM
16

Make ‘movies.’ Boring stuff that’s around all the time can be way more interesting to make a movie out of. Definitely requires parental assistance, but planning a movie requires lots of drawing and thinking, filming may be achievable by kids alone, and then editing things together can be done on just about any laptop Read more

3/12/20
3:31 PM
6

Highly recommend Severance, by Ling Ma. It’s a darkly funny novel about a global pandemic and how society copes... or doesn’t. And of course you can’t skip Station Eleven for your pandemic-themed content. 

3/12/20
2:27 PM
10

The Great Mortality is terrific. As a companion piece, let me recommend one of my favorite books of all time, Connie Willis’s Doomsday Book. It’s set in near-future Oxford, where time travel is a real thing but used only by historians (the rules are explained, but time travel is a means to start the story, not the Read more

3/6/20
2:12 PM
143

Yo, anybody remember the short story “The Masque of the Red Death”? Your health is only as secure as the least-cared-for member of your society.  

3/5/20
1:10 PM
1

Brit here, ain’t a thing over this side of the pond that explains Mr. Potato..or the selective sentience..or why, in that zoo episode, Madame Gazelle freaks out at the lion and the crocodile...or explains if bacon sandwiches or full English/Scottish breakfasts are a thing for Peppa and co. Read more

3/5/20
9:51 AM
2

Peppa Pig is the bomb diggity! I wish my daughter still watched it. She was in the first wave of kids watching it, at least in the U.S, back when there was no merch yet. You didn’t mention Miss Rabbit who is a cashier, flies the rescue helicopter and even runs an ice cream stand out in the middle of the woods when the Read more

3/5/20
5:07 AM
2

Ok but you have to admit the scene where Peppa can’t whistle is comedy gold right?

3/5/20
12:19 AM
1

I’m old, so this reminds me of my experience with Barney. I watched enough Barney, that I have strong opinions about which ones were “the good casts”. (“The good cast,” in case you are wondering, was the original one, because the show started as a local PBS show, which just used sort of the random kids in the town, Read more

3/4/20
9:41 PM
2

The worst of all things is BY FAR Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  The whole house has been sick over the past week and I have watched an insufferable amount of it.  Between the awful “hotdog dance” and the learned helplessness of the Mouse and his gang (which includes Minnie and Daisy always wearing impractical footwear and Read more

3/4/20
7:47 PM
1

My siblings’ children are now all about 20—25. I am a gay man and I don’t have any children of my own, but in my family if you’re anywhere within 100 miles of them you stay with them or it’s considered a grave insult. Read more

3/4/20
7:45 PM
2

Max and Ruby. I am pretty sure Ruby is a psychopath that murdered her parents and buried them in the back yard. That’s why they still live in their house and Grandma only visits them. Poor Max. Read more

3/4/20
7:40 PM
3

I once read a fan theory that Peppa lives in a post-Apocalyptic world where the only humans left are Queen Elizabeth and Santa Claus, and non-human mammals have developed sentience and taken over. Notice that the only animals with sentience are mammals (with the exception of a hedgehog in Grandpa Pig’s garden and Mrs. Read more

3/4/20
6:39 PM
1

I know one thing and one thing only about Peppa Pig (prior to this article) and I am happy to keep it that way.

3/4/20
5:54 PM
1

I could do this with my oldest son. When he was this age we saved daycare money by only doing a half day. I worked from home so most days I would just start my work day at noon after he was off to daycare for the day(and work way to late into the evening) and my wife got him when she was done at 5. It worked for a Read more

3/4/20
5:41 PM
2

I hate Super Wings. I imagine Amazon using anthropomorphic AI airplane robots to deliver their same day packages overseas while making friends and solving problems.

3/4/20
3:50 PM
5

Omg. I have also spent a strange amount of time wondering about the professional lives of parents on PBS cartoon shows. Also, wondering if Mummy Pig or Daniel Tiger’s mother ever curse under their breath when they think no one can hear them. Like what would these women actually be like if their kid had vomited in the Read more

3/4/20
3:48 PM
2

Could be worse, because it could be Thomas the Tank Engine.