Kids vs. Coronavirus and Grumpy Babies

Unless you live under a rock (in which case you probably wouldn’t be reading this), coronavirus is on your mind. Available data (which admittedly isn’t much) shows the virus’s effect on kids is surprisingly low — but they still might be carriers.

One thing on which all experts agree: good sanitation practices are key to preventing the spread of the disease. Which means, no more changing diaper blowouts on the floor of Staples (looking at you, Ashley Graham) and you'll probably want to lay off having your kids do pushups in public restrooms (despite how inspiring and relatable it might be to bystanders — and the whole internet). You might even consider leaving the kids at home entirely — but preferably on purpose (unlike this mom).

Meanwhile, have you ever wondered if some people are just born grumpy? This week we saw evidence that it happens.

Read on for more famtastic news and fun for the week!

Overheard on the Playground

“We do a lot of wrestling in our house. I will have the boys on one team against me as kind of a sneaky way to build a bond and camaraderie between them. Last night, they were pummeling me: One was beating my head, and another would try to push me off the bed. That’s a typical evening.”

-- Guy Raz


Cool new tech to make life easier for parents and families.

  • The Snoo Could Soon be Covered by Health Insurance :: New parents often feel like they are alone in their battle for sleep and long for a secret weapon.The SNOO Smart Sleeper claims to be that secret weapon and uses "gentle rocking with soothing white noise and snug, safe swaddling" to keep babies (and parents) asleep for longer. (Motherly)


Interesting stuff you can share with your kids -- or, if they're old enough, even have them read themselves

  • Car-Sized Turtles Once Prowled Lakes and Rivers of Northern South America :: Though it is now arid, the Urumaco region in Venezuela's Falcón State was once a mega wetland that was home to numerous colossal animal species. (DOGO)
  • Sunflower Time-Lapse :: Young sunflower heads are famous for heliotropism or tilting toward the sun, but generally face eastward as they reach the stage seen in this video. (The Kid Should See This)


Useful info and insights for life as a 'rent.

  • Car (and Car Seat) Safety Tips for New Parents :: Even if you’ve been driving for decades, hitting the road is a whole new ballgame when there’s a new, tiny passenger involved. (Kidlets)
  • 15 Clever Ways Vinegar Can Clean Around Your Home :: Like baking soda, vinegar has amazing cleaning and deodorizing capabilities. Some people even use it as a beauty product. (Parenting)
  • What Could Happen If The US Schools are Closed Due to the Coronavirus?  :: The world is on high alert as cases of the new coronavirus, named COVID-19, continue to bubble up across the globe. (HuffPost)


Fun and -- shh, don't tell! -- educational things to do with kids.

  • DIY Shamrock Pinata :: You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Besides, I am sure that we all know at least one person who has a bit of Irish in their blood, and we can celebrate in their honor! (Handmade Charlotte)
  • Hands-On Multiplication Activities :: Kids will be delighted to see dice, markers, coins, LEGO bricks, and more at math time instead of simply worksheets or textbooks. (Frugal Fun)