How to reduce remote learning burnout in kids

How to reduce remote learning burnout in kids
How to reduce remote learning burnout in kids

Remote learning has children tethered to their screens. And while necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus, all this screen time can cause an unfortunate side effect in kids: remote learning burnout. 

Nancy (whose last name was withheld to protect her privacy) knows this phenomenon well. Last spring, when her daughter’s school went remote, her and her husband thought their daughter had adjusted well. During the school days, she would shut her door and not allow her parents in. They respected their elementary-school-aged daughter’s independence, assuming she was attending classes and getting her work done.


In early June, though, she bounded down the stairs with a pair of scissors and her computer cord. She had cut the cord because she didn’t want to learn remotely anymore. Since then, she’s refused to be online except to play video games or watch

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How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups with Your Kids

If you have a muffin tin, cupcake liners and a few basic pantry staples, then you and your kids are steps away from a fun-filled afternoon making homemade peanut butter cups. Your kids will love making this copycat version of their favorite candy at home—and customizing them with an array of colorful sprinkles and toppings.

Keep reading to learn how to get started on this no-bake recipe. We’ll even share things for kids to do at every step in the recipe!

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

peanut butter cup filling ingredients
peanut butter cup filling ingredients

These peanut butter cups are a treat, but they only require pantry staples. How great is that!

  • 1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

  • 4-1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

  • Assorted sprinkles, mini M&M’S or chopped nuts, optional

Step 1:

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8 easy indoor activities for west coast kids stuck inside due to wildfires

Parenting in 2020 has not been easy.

As if coronavirus quarantines weren’t tough enough, now west coast fires are keeping kids inside. Air quality maps indicate unhealthy to hazardous conditions from Oregon to Southern California and official advisories instruct limiting outdoor activities and keeping children indoors.

“It’s been extremely surreal,” Kirsten Russell, a mother of two in Wilsonville, Oregon told TODAY Parents. “This is their childhood in 2020.”

Sons, Connor, 4, and Jackson, 2, keep Russell on her toes.

Kirsten Russell and sons, Connor, 4, and Jackson, 2, have been spending more time upstairs due to the wildfires ripping across the west coast. (Courtesy Kirsten Russell)
Kirsten Russell and sons, Connor, 4, and Jackson, 2, have been spending more time upstairs due to the wildfires ripping across the west coast. (Courtesy Kirsten Russell)

“With a preschooler and a toddler, (we do) a lot of fort building, playdough, building, creating, dance parties, the floor is hot lava…getting creative as best we can without going to buy new supplies,” Russell said, adding that the family spends most of their

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7 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online During Remote Learning

You can’t supervise them 24/7. Here are easy ways to make sure they’re protected on their own.

Boy on Laptop
Boy on Laptop

Virtual learning means more time on the web, which means a greater need for cyber safety lessons.


This back-to-school season looks a little different in much of the country. With over 6 million kids distance learning, working families are met with an entirely new set of challenges. With kids on the computer for several hours a day—and working parents not able to give their full supervision—cyber safety is a concern now more than ever. Here are seven top tips on how to keep your child safe online from cybersecurity company NortonLifeLock.

Check your surroundings: With children remotely attending school through Zoom and the like, families now have multiple surveillance cameras throughout the house, potentially making their homes far less private than they might otherwise be. If your child

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‘Generous’ Va. Teen Builds Free Desks for Kids in Need and Says Giving Is a ‘Golden Moment’

Teen Builds Free Desks for Kids in Need with ‘Desks for Distance’

Colby is helping kids in need with ‘Desks for Distance’

After building himself a desk for distance learning, Northern Virginia teen Colby Samide spent the last week of summer vacation building 40 free desks for underprivileged kids.

“It’s sad knowing there are kids that can’t afford them,” Colby, a 17-year-old from Purcellville, tells PEOPLE.

When the pandemic shut down schools last spring, many parents felt blindsided and unprepared for distance learning, says Katharine Hill, a learning specialist and parent educator based in Brooklyn.

“They didn’t feel very successful,”  says Hill, 42. “Stores weren’t open. People hesitated to buy something for a situation we all hoped would be very temporary.”

But as parents attempt a better online learning experience this fall by setting up home classrooms, stores have been selling out of desks.

“It’s a concrete thing parents can

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Learning pods help kids bridge social divide

Some parents who weren’t satisfied with the virtual end to the 2019-20 school year are turning to learning pods at the start of the 2020-21 school to ensure a bit of in-person education and socialization for their children.

The pods, sometimes called micro-schools, are often a group of students learning online in a shared learning space led by an adult — either a tutor paid to supervise and assist the students or a rotation of parents. 

Sometimes the pods are just for socializing, where a handful of students get together with, at times, a hired facilitator.

Regardless the purpose, trust among the families is key. “There is a lot of transparency in our pod, which is very crucial for this to even work,” Vikram Iyengar says about their four-child pod in Austin.

School at home: How to keep attending virtual classes from being a real pain in the neck


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Mexico tortilla shop gives free TV, internet for school kids

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tortilla shop has started giving free wifi and television access for kids in its Mexico City neighborhood whose homes don’t have them, or whose brothers and sisters are already using the services for remote learning during the pandemic.

Mexico’s government schools started at-distance classes Aug. 24 using televised lessons due to the coronavirus, because 94% of Mexican homes have TVs. But there are often many youngsters in a Mexican family and they all need to look up something online or watch classes at the same time.

That is where the “Rinconcito de Esperanza” — the Corner of Hope — comes in. The owners of Grandma’s Tortilla Shop in the southern borough of Tlalpan set up learning areas to offer free tutoring, TV and computer access.

The assemblage of space spills out of the store into a tent set up on the sidewalk outside, and continues

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A new kids’ show was accused of copying ‘Hair Love.’ Here’s what you need to know

"Made by Maddie," airing on Nick Jr. later this month, bears a striking visual resemblance to the Oscar-winning film "Hair Love." <span class="copyright">(Nickelodeon)</span>
“Made by Maddie,” airing on Nick Jr. later this month, bears a striking visual resemblance to the Oscar-winning film “Hair Love.” (Nickelodeon)

“It’s time to dream it, draw it, make it,” the tiny heroine of Nickelodeon’s new animated preschool series “Made by Maddie” says in its trailer. But the program, scheduled to premiere later this month, is already attracting scrutiny online over its own creative process.

When Nickelodeon shared the series’ trailer and first-look images on Tuesday, social media users were quick to point out that the central character and her parents bear a striking resemblance to the main characters in “Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry’s Oscar-winning short about a Black millennial father attempting to style his young daughter’s hair.

The Sony Animation project, which debuted in 2017 as a Kickstarter campaign, has since led to a children’s book and an animated series, currently in development at HBO Max

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What It’s Like to Send Your Kids to College in a Pandemic

Photo credit: FatCamera
Photo credit: FatCamera

From Oprah Magazine

Four years ago, as our daughter prepared to leave for college, these were the questions on our minds:

Are microwaves allowed in the dorm?

How much time will we have to move her in?

What in Gods name is a bed topper?

Last month, as we logged onto a pre-college orientation for our son, here’s what parents asked:

How will you enforce mask-wearing for 40,000 students?

What if my child’s roommate does not believe in COVID?

How will students get to the hospital if needed?

What will you say to students who WILL get COVID?

An hour later, my husband and I shut our laptop and stared at each other. Until that moment, we backed our son’s choice, resting our faith in the school’s plan.

Now we had only one question left: what where we thinking? And were we insane?

Thousands of

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This unlikely retailer has the best patterned and printed face masks for adults and kids

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After a few months of wearing a mask whenever we leave the house, many of us have developed our own preference for what makes “the perfect mask.”

Like any article of clothing, comfort, above all else, is key — especially if you’re wearing a face covering for upwards of 8 hours a day. We want something lightweight, but effective, adjustable but snug, easy to clean or toss in the garbage. Searching for the right mask can veer into Goldilocks territory quickly, but the long and short of this is simple: just wear one!


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