Meghan Moravcik Walbert
megwalbert
Meghan is Lifehacker's Parenting Editor. She is a former newspaper journalist and author of the Foster Parent Diary Series for the New York Times.
3/27/20
4:35 AM
3

hahaha. Their too small for any of this. We actually don’t look at it much during the day, since the kids get excited to play the games they came up with during this morning ‘scrum’ ( i prefer the word morning circle) + it helps us to make enough time for work and the kids since everybody knows how the day will look Read more

3/27/20
4:33 AM
1

It’s more about family time than the daily scrum. It gives us a moment to center as a family, and come up with fun games for the day. The kids love the rhythm, the songs we sing, and just like us kids thrive on a little structure here and there. COVID-19 makes us all creative homeschoolers these days :)

3/25/20
10:28 PM
1

Thank you! I am a home visitor to children from birth to age 5 with special needs, and I will send this to the parents/guardians on my caseload as a resource.

3/25/20
11:58 AM
2

My friend’s issue is just the opposite. Both she and her ex work primarily out of their homes even during normal times. But with the childrens’ schools closed, he doesn’t want to do his share of home teaching and child monitoring. His attitude is “that’s what I pay child support for” even though they have a joint Read more

3/25/20
11:48 AM
3

I am in this situation now. We do not have a legal custody agreement and my son’s dad is a nurse in an emergency room. I think he is at higher risk of exposure and want to keep my son with me for the duration of the stay at home order. My son’s dad doesn’t think this is a big deal at all and that everyone is Read more

3/25/20
9:48 AM
7

My ex and I are states away from each other. Where am at, the shelves are devoid of soup, pasta, eggs, processed meats, anything instant and toilet paper. Where she's at, they've barely run out of flour. Hence, while it is time for my visitation, and I want to see our daughter so much, I think it is best for her to Read more

3/24/20
11:01 PM
2

The best thing I saw was reminding kids they have to use their “school stomach”, because they don’t have a fridge in the classroom.

3/19/20
4:16 PM
5

Overall it’s been fine, but there have been very difficult moments during the day and heightened stress by the severe schedule disruption and complete unknown of when we will return to some sort of normal. Read more

3/19/20
2:43 PM
1

It’s very flexible right now, between the schizophrenic Spring weather and trying to get set up working from home and trying to get a bunch of housework done. But next week my kids start distance learning from their actual school/teachers, so I anticipate more structure then. iPads are obviously a lifesaver, though Read more

3/18/20
4:06 PM
1

mobymax.com — self-guided education software for grades K-8, aligned to state curriculum.

3/17/20
11:40 PM
1

FACT: It is impossible to read Knufflebunny Free without it getting dusty in the room. Im.poss.i.ble.

3/17/20
2:28 PM
1

From the limited knowledge I’ve researched I thoroughly enjoy this guy. My son has gotten into drawing because of Mo and we’ve purchased the entire collection of Gerald and Piggie books and he read them voraciously. He is this generations Shel Silverstein, meaning I believe my son will grow up with such fond memories

3/17/20
9:47 AM
4

Good advice. May I add that I’ve been beating the drum about mental and emotional health for our older population through this. I’m a nurse who specialized in Geriatrics for many years. I cringe a little when I hear things like“I put my mother on lock-down”. Read more

2/1/20
5:46 PM
1

These assertions are incorrect. The studies these kind of ideas are based on generally compare the effects of genes to that of average life/environmental experiences (especially those in the industrialized world). That might mean that average experience doesn’t overcome innate temperament, but it does not mean that Read more

1/31/20
10:48 AM
1

I just want my children to be kind, friendly, empathetic, and not feel compelled or coerced into being a certain way in order to “fit in”. We try and create a home where they feel loved, valued, and safe. We tell them that no matter what, we will always love them and we will always be honest (as possible) with them. I Read more

1/30/20
8:42 PM
1

Parenting matters, but not the insane, hyper-driving parenting of the 21st century. All this over-commitment, playdate scheduling, tons of extracurricular activity, helicoptering - that doesn’t help. Read more

1/30/20
12:11 PM
1

We’re all different. Some people need more parenting, some need less. Some might need different parents, altogether. :X Some live in an environment that’s conducive to learning about life, some become potatoes because that’s all they ever had to be growing up. It’s always finding the right balance for the right Read more