When I was younger, the term “mom style” was not a compliment. It meant something along the lines of “You are not remotely cool, and your clothes suck.” Even though, in retrospect, my mom was actually pretty darn cool and her clothes did not suck. When Daily Candy launched a feature all about mom style -- and asked us to be two of the first moms they featured! -- it pretty much confirmed what we’d been thinking ever since we had our own babies a few years back: moms are actually just women with kids, and many are actually quite fashionable...albeit slightly more practical, and definitely more durable. In our almost one full year of Well Rounded NY, we’ve met too many stylish moms to count -- moms that put our own “mom uniforms” to shame, whose incredible fashion sense inspires us daily, even as they juggle one, two, three, and even four kids. So this week, we’re kicking off a new “Mom Style” series, featuring some of our favorite mom-friendly fashion, with a giveaway that turns the cameras on the most stylish moms we know: YOU. We’re pretty sure you rocked a super-cute outfit on the playground and thought nobody was looking, or spent a fashionable afternoon at the pediatrician’s office in an ensemble that left the nurses drooling. Your wardrobe probably moves seamlessly from music class to lunch meeting, and you look as great on a playdate as you do on a dinner date. We love your style and we want to see more of it. For the next two weeks, we’re collecting as much mom style as we can get our hands on. And one of the coolest mom-friendly brands we know, Baukjen (who just so happens to be the sister brand to one of the coolest maternity brands we know, Isabella Oliver) is in on our game: they’re giving away a $200 gift certificate to one lucky mom who shows off a style that is all her own. If you’re a mom and you’ve got style -- we know you do -- instagram your look with the hashtag #WRNYmomstyle and mention (and follow) both @wellroundedny and @baukjen in your post to qualify. Only one lucky mama will win, but we’ll be showing off some of our favorite stylish mamas on instagram along the way, and in a few weeks, on Well Rounded NY too. So get dressed and get instagramming! Winner will be announced on March 24. Good luck. Photography by Stephania Stanley for DailyCandy.
Jessica Pallay is the director of event programming & operations at Motherly and the co-founder of the pregnancy community Well Rounded, which was acquired by Motherly in 2019. She's an experienced writer, editor and content marketer, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue.com, Cheddar and more. She lives in Brooklyn with her two daughters, Libby & Elsie, and her husband Andrew. You can follow her here.
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Easter meals bring the family together in ways that few other meals can. Spring is finally in the air and the feeling of new beginnings and hope is all around. But we know it can be hard to find the time to make delicious meals, and even harder to find recipes your little bunnies will agree to eat.
But fear not, mama! We've searched around the internet and found some of the easiest, most delicious and, yes, kid-friendly recipes out there that will take your entire family from morning until night. So happy cooking and happy Easter!
Here are our 13 favorite easy + kid-friendly recipes:
1. Easter bunny waffles
Waking up on Easter morning is a pretty magical experience as a kid. Add to the fun with these adorable, easy and actually kind of healthy waffles!
- frozen waffles
- strawberries, sliced, for the ear, mouth and bow tie
- banana slices, for the eyes
- blueberries, for the eyes
- raspberries, for the nose
- shredded carrots, for the whiskers
1. Toast 3 waffles.
2. Slice one waffle in half and use it for the ears. Slice another waffle in half and use one part for the shoulders and then cut out two circles for the cheeks.
3. Add the strawberry slices and place them on top of the ears to fill in.
4. Assemble the face and bow tie.
Baked French toast
The Pioneer Woman
Breakfast meets casserole in this delicious make-ahead dish. It's perfect for prepping the night before a busy day, especially if you have overnight guests.
- Butter, for greasing
- 1 loaf crusty sourdough Or French Bread
- 8 whole Eggs
- 2 cups Whole Milk
- 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
- 1 stick cold butter, cut into pieces
- warm syrup, for serving
- butter, for serving
- 1 cup fresh blueberries, for serving
1. For the French toast: Grease the baking pan with butter. Tear the bread into chunks, or cut into cubes, and evenly distribute in the pan. Crack the eggs in a big bowl. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover the pan tightly and store it in the fridge until needed (overnight, preferably). Or you can make it and bake it right away—it's delicious no matter what!
2. For the topping: Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and some nutmeg in a separate bowl. Stir together using a fork. Add the butter and with a pastry cutter, and mix it all together until the mixture resembles fine pebbles. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge.
3. When you're ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the casserole from the fridge and sprinkle the topping over the top. Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more bread pudding texture or for 1 hour-plus or more for a firmer, crisper texture.
4. Scoop out individual portions. Top with butter and drizzle with warm pancake syrup and sprinkle with blueberries.
Recipe from The Pioneer Woman
Hashbrown egg cups
If you're craving something savory, these hashbrown egg cups will absolutely hit the spot. Just consider leaving out the cayenne for those littler taste-buds.
- 20 ounces refrigerated hash browns
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 tsp kosher sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 8 large eggs
- 2 tbsp milk or half and half
- 4 sliced cooked bacon, crumbled
- chopped fresh parsley (optional garnish)
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Generously spray a standard size muffin tin pan with baking spray, set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the hash browns, 1/2 cup cheese, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne. Press the mixture into the bottom, creating a nest.
- Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese, eggs, milk, and bacon. Pour into the baked hash browns, then return to the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes or until fully set.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for 5 minutes before removing.
- Garnish with a pinch of salt and pepper and freshly chopped parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.
If your littles will be off hunting eggs, these quick and easy to grab sandwiches will be just what they need to keep them going.
- 1 loaf of extra thin sliced bread
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ⅓ of an English cucumber
- 3 tbsp finely shredded carrots
- ½ tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
- ½ tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
- ¼ tsp garlic and herb seasoning
- salt and pepper, to taste
- With a bunny and Easter egg cookie cutter, cut out an equal amount of bread for each sandwich and set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, add cream cheese, shredded carrots, fresh chopped chives, fresh chopped parsley, and seasonings.
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Cut an English cucumber in half and slice thin slices of your desired amount of cucumbers.
- Spread the carrot and herb cream cheese on both sides of a sandwich. When spreading the carrot and herb cream cheese on don't forget to do the mirror side of the bunny.
- Place your desired amount of cucumber slices on each sandwich and top with the other the matching bread cut out.
Ham and cheese crescents
This is the perfect recipe for a busy lunch. It only has three ingredients, and is so yummy!
- 1 (8-ounce) can refrigerated crescent roll dough
- 16 deli ham slices (you can use carved ham leftovers)
- 8 slices cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Separate dough into 8 equal pieces (they usually separate into triangles).
- Place 2 slices of ham and 1 slice of cheese (folded in half) on the larger end of the triangle.
- Roll the crescent up with the ham and cheese inside, and place it tip side down on a baking sheet (you can use a baking mat, or line it with aluminum foil for easy clean-up, too).
- Bake for 15 minutes, until tops are golden brown.
- Serve warm.
Recipe from Six Sisters' Stuff
Bunny veggie dip
Eating veggies has never been so fun… or cute!
- Bread loaf
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1 container (16 ounces) sour cream
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 package Knorr Vegetable recipe mix
- 1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
Veggies for dipping:
- cherry tomatoes
- celery sticks
- bell peppers
1. Combine all ingredients and chill for about 2 hours.
2. Carefully cut out a circle from the top of the bread loaf for the bunny's head. Then, cut the opening bigger so that dipping was accessible.
3. Using your hands, hollow out the rest of the shepherd loaf so that it can hold the spinach dip. Save the chunks of bread that you pull out for chowing down on with your dip.
4. Cut the two ends off of a baguette and situated them as the bunny's ears.
5. For the face, used black olives cut in half as the eyes, and quarter a half of a black olive to make the nose.
6. Make the whiskers from thin strips of celery, and the mouth is a cross section piece of celery. Put a little dip on the back of each of the facial features to keep it adhered to the bread.
7. Pour the dip into the bread bowl, arrange the veggies, and serve.
Recipe from Nesting Coral
English muffin bunny pizza
These little bunny pizzas are perfect for serving your kids while the grown-ups eat their fancier dinner (though we totally get it if the grown-ups decide they just want to eat these, too).
- English muffins
- Pizza sauce (jarred is great)
- 1/4 cup mozzarella shredded cheese
- 2 black olive pearls, sliced olives
- 1 piece of sliced pepperoni
- 1 stick of mozzarella string cheese
- 1 breadstick
- Spread some pizza sauce onto the English muffin (a few tbsp should be enough).
- Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the sauce.
- Add 2 sliced olives for eyes.
- Cut the piece of pepperoni into 1/4 pieces and position a piece for the nose.
- Bake the breadstick according to the package directions.
- Bake the pizza at 425 degrees F for about 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is turning a little golden on the ends.
- When the breadstick and pizza are done, slice the breadstick in half.
- Grab a plate and place the pizza in the middle, add the halved breadsticks for your bunny ears.
- Pull some pieces of mozzarella off of the string cheese to make whiskers and serve
Recipe from Kid Friendly Things To Do
Instant Pot leg of lamb
Is there anything the Instant Pot can't do? The answer is a definitive no—including the fact that it can make your Easter dinner a complete (and easy) win.
- 5 cloves garlic, divided
- 4 lbs boneless leg of lamb (or bone-in)
- 3 tsp Kosher salt, divided
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 cup chicken broth, low sodium
- 2 tsp red wine vinegar
(Optional) to thicken, mix together:
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp cold water
- Slice 4 of the garlic cloves lengthwise. Pierce the lamb in several places and push the garlic slivers into the cuts. Then sprinkle 2 of the tsp of salt and the pepper over the entire roast.
- If the roast is coming apart from the bone being removed, tie it together with butcher's string.
- Turn on the pot's sauté setting. Wait for it to get hot, then add the olive oil. Place the lamb roast in the pot and let it brown for several minutes. Then turn it over and brown the other side. Remove it to a plate.
- Add the onion and cook for a few minutes, scraping the bottom of the pot, using a wooden spoon.
- Add the wine and continue to cook, still scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot (called deglazing).
- Add the rosemary and thyme sprigs, remaining teaspoon of salt, remaining clove of garlic (minced), chicken broth, and the red wine vinegar. Stir well. Then turn off the sauté setting.
- Add the lamb roast back into the pot.
- Press the pressure cook/manual button or dial. Then press the +/- button or dial to select 70 minutes (20-30 minutes for a rare roast). For a bone-in roast, select 85 minutes. This will yield a nicely fork-tender leg of lamb. If your roast is larger than 4 lbs, increase the time by 5 minutes.
- The pot will take a few minutes to come to pressure. When the cook time ends, let the pot sit undisturbed for 20 minutes (20-minute natural release, 10 minutes for a rare roast). Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position to manually release any remaining pressure/steam. Turn off the pot.
- When the pin in the lid drops back down, open the lid. Carefully remove the roast to a platter and cover. Remove the herb stems from the pot.
- Skim the fat off the top of the liquid in the pot, or use a fat separator to defat the liquid.
- OPTIONAL: Return the liquid to the pot and turn on the sauté setting. Mix up a slurry of 1 tbsp cornstarch to 2 tbsp cold water. When the liquid is simmering, whisk in the slurry and stir until it thickens.
- Serve the roast sliced, with some of the defatted sauce over it.
Recipe from Simply Happy Foodie
Slow cooker ham with brown sugar glaze
Ham is, perhaps, the most quintessential of Easter meal choices. And with the ease of a crockpot, this recipe will become your go-to favorite.
- 1 boneless ham
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Spray the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray. Remove ham from packaging and place in a slow cooker set at low heat.
- Make the glaze by combining the brown sugar, dijon, and vinegar in a small bowl. Pour over the ham. Cook ham at low heat for 5-7 hours or until thermometer reads 140 degrees F.
Recipe from This Delicious House
Brown butter garlic honey-roasted carrots
These carrots are so good you won't have to convince them to eat their veggies before dessert.
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb baby carrots
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 dashes ground black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp chopped thyme or parsley
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Heat an oven-safe skillet and cook the butter on medium heat until it starts to form and turn into golden brown. Add the garlic and quickly saute before adding the carrots. Stir a few times, then add the salt, black pepper, honey and thyme or parsley.
- Transfer the skillet and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the carrots become tender. Serve immediately.
Recipe from Rasa Malaysia
Birds nest cookies
These no-bake treats are the perfect easy Easter dessert (and oh-so-cute)!
- 12 ounces milk chocolate chips
- 12 ounces butterscotch chips
- 12 ounces chow mein noodles
- 36 candy eggs
- Place the milk chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in a large bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments until melted. Stir until smooth.
- Add the chow mein noodles to the bowl and toss until coated in the chocolate mixture.
- Spoon 2 tbsp of the cookie mixture onto a piece of parchment and shape into a nest; top with 3 candy eggs. Repeat the process with the remaining cookie mixture and eggs.
- Let nests set until firm, then serve. These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Recipe from Dinner at the Zoo
Easter egg fruit pizza
For a dessert that is delicious and healthy, this Easter egg fruit pizza checks off all the boxes.
- 1 package sugar cookie mix (1 lb 1.5 ounces)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted & cooled
- 1 egg
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup strawberries chopped
- 3 cups fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries) sliced
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and grease a 13″ pizza pan and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, add the cookie mix, melted butter, and egg and mix with a spoon until a soft dough forms.
- Press the dough evenly onto the pan.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Let it cool completely, about 45 minutes. Cut into an egg shape (I just used a butter knife).
- In a food processor or blender, add the softened cream cheese, ½ cup chopped strawberries, powdered sugar, and vanilla and pulse until fully combined and smooth.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the cooled cookie.
- Decorate with the cut-up fruit.
- Slice with a pizza cutter and serve.
Recipe from Persnickety Plates
Easter chocolate lasagna
There's really no explanation needed here. It's chocolate layered with more chocolate. Done.
- 36 Oreo cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter-melted
Cream cheese layer:
- ½ cup unsalted butter-softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup Cool Whip
Chocolate pudding layer:
- 2 (3.9 oz.) packages chocolate instant pudding
- 2 and 3/4 cups cold milk
- 2 cups Cool Whip
- 1 ½ cups crushed Oreo
- Peeps bunnies, Easter egg candies, and other fun toppings
- In a food processor, finely crush Oreo cookies into fine crumbs. If you don't have food processor, place Oreo cookies into ziplock bag and crush the cookies with a rolling pin.
- Using a fork mix crushed Oreo with melted butter, then press the mixture into the bottom of 9 x 13 inches dish. Place in the fridge to firm.
- Beat cream cheese, softened butter, sugar and vanilla until it's light and creamy. Stir in 1 cup Cool Whip. Spread the mixture over the crust and place in the fridge.
- In a medium bowl mix chocolate instant pudding with 2 and 3/4 cups cold milk. Whisk for a few minutes until the pudding starts thickening. Spread the pudding over the cream cheese layer. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes.
- Spread 2 cups Cool Whip on top and sprinkle with crushed Oreo. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
- Garnish with Peeps and Easter egg candies.
Recipe from Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts.
This is a trying time for all parents as schools are closed nationwide to protect children, teachers and families from coronavirus. As a special education teacher for 17 years, this is new territory for me as well. I get daily emails from my supervisors and district leaders on what to expect and what is happening, and I'm keeping in touch with all my parents, too. Luckily, I have great parents to work with and I want to support them and my students as best as I can.
Here is my advice on 5 things parents of special needs children can do to help your child through a school closure.
1. Get + read the most recent IEP for your child.
In the Individual Education Plan there are two key items you should be aware of:
Goals: You and the teacher of record as well as any service provider should have worked together on goals for your child. These are important guides for what you can be doing with your child at home.
For instance, if one of the goals was to learn about reading a clock and understanding elapsed time, that could be a skill you can work with at home. If a goal was for your child to pick from a field of three options for a cause/effect reaction, have your child pick lunch from three options. I know there are many different abilities, so there are going to be many different goals. Focusing on your child's goals in their IEP can make it easier to decide what you want to teach and review with your child.
Provisions: Be aware of what services your child usually gets and how often as part of their IEP, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy or physical therapy. Depending on where you live and how the decision to close school was made, your school district may have to compensate for these lost services.
If your school district is closed by government order the school district will not have to compensate for that lost time (or for any time covered by already-scheduled school vacation days). It is only when a school district has closed by their own decision without permission to waive the school day, while still providing education services for the general-education population that special education services would have to be counted in the provisions.
2. Ask for a basic daily schedule.
Contact your teacher of record to ask for a basic daily schedule. You are not required to follow it completely, but students like consistency. If you can create a schedule with some pieces of what your child was used to, it will be helpful. Everyone can do some kind of calendar time, math center time or reading time. Work with what you have at home.
3. Explain the disruption with care.
If your child is asking every day, "is it time for school?" or is starting to have meltdowns because they're not on their usual schedule, think about what you can say to your child that meets them where they are. If they can understand school is closed because of a sickness, then share that, and use a calendar to show how many days you have been staying home. If your child is confused and unable to process, tell them the school is on a break. Focus on talking about what the experience of having an extended break from school is like, instead of trying to explain contagious disease and social distancing.
4. Lower your expectations.
This is an extremely stressful time for all Americans—parents and kids. Your family's focus should be on staying safe and healthy. If you don't have every assignment done, if your child spends more time on a screen than usual, believe me, it's fine. There may be regression, and there will be less progress than you wish, but your child will be safe from getting sick and you will be safe from fearing for your child's health.
5. Use the resources in your community.
It's inspiring to see how many communities and organizations have rallied to offer support and resources. Many school districts are offering food pickups, online educational platforms are offering free programming, and across the country, community shelters and services are ramping up to help people. Use your school's website for information about your child's school and to learn what plans are being put into place to deal with closures. The PTAs at many schools have online groups on Facebook, Konstella or other digital community apps where parents are connecting and sharing information, including ways to support your school and community.
Stay safe and healthy. Enjoy the time you have with your child and family. We'll see you when the schools reopen—and we'll greet your kids with the biggest smiles.
Here are all the TV shows + movies coming to Netflix in April:
David Batra: Elefanten I Rummet
How to Fix a Drug Scandal
The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show
Nailed It!: Season 4
Sunderland 'Til I Die: Season 2
40 Days and 40 Nights
Can't Hardly Wait
Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke
Community: Season 1-6
God's Not Dead
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Kim's Convenience: Season 4
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon: S3: Sun & Moon – Ultra Legends
Road to Perdition
Sunrise in Heaven
The Death of Stalin
The Girl with All the Gifts
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Social Network
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll
Coffee & Kareem
La casa de papel: Part 4
Money Heist: The Phenomenon
Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy
Angel Has Fallen
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
The Big Show Show
Hi Score Girl: Season 2
Here are all the TV shows + movies coming to Hulu in April:
Kabukicho Sherlock: Complete Season 1
60 Days In: Narcoland: Complete Season 1
90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?: Complete Season 4
Alone: Complete Season 6
Breaking Amish: Complete Seasons 2 + 3
Bring It!: Complete Season 5
Chopped: Complete Season 36
Cutthroat Kitchen: Complete Season 12
Dance Moms: Complete Seasons 2 + 6
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: Complete Seasons 27 – 29
Dr. Pimple Popper: Complete Season 3
Fast N' Loud: Complete Season 13
Fixer Upper (How We Got to Here: Looking Back on Fixer Upper): Special
Forged in Fire: Complete Season 6
Gold Medal Families: Complete Season 1
Hidden Potential: Complete Season 1
House Hunters: Complete Season 120
Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole: Complete Season 1
Little Women: Atlanta: Complete Season 5
Little Women: L.A.: Complete Seasons 7 + 8
Love It or List It: Complete Season 14
Married at First Sight: Complete Season 9
Marrying Millions: Complete Season 1
Property Brothers: Complete Seasons 10 + 11
Taken at Birth: Complete Season 1
The Family Chantel: Complete Season 1
The Food That Built America: Complete Season 1
The Kitchen: Complete Seasons 16 – 18
Til Death Do Us Part: Complete Season 1
TRANsitioning: Complete Season 1
The Ant Bully
Bend It Like Beckham
The Book Of Eli
Diary of a Hitman
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who
Dr. T. and the Women
The Full Monty
Fun in Acapulco
Gods and Monsters
Kill Bill: Volume 1
Kill Bill: Volume 2
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Let Me In
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Romancing the Stone
The Jewel of the Nile
Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story
Victoria Gotti: My Father's Daughter
Who Let The Dogs Out
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
Future Man: Complete Final Season
Siren: Season 3 Premiere
Too Cautious Hero: Complete Season 1
No Guns Life: Complete Season 1
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life: Complete Season 2a
Real Housewives of Potomac: Complete Season 4
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Complete Season 9B
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic en Español: Complete Season 9B
The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart
The Baker and the Beauty
Songland: Season 2 Premiere
Mrs. America: Series Premiere
The Masked Singer: Sing-Along Spectacular: Special
What We Do In The Shadows: Season 2
Harry Benson: Shoot First
Paranormal Activity 3
A Kind of Murder
Special-7: Complete Season 1
Here are all the TV shows + movies coming to HBO in April:
Alpha and Omega
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
American Pie 2
Die Hard 2
Die Hard with a Vengeance
Drop Dead Fred
The Family Stone
The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (Extended Version)
The Great Gilly Hopkins
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
The Kids Are All Right
The Lovely Bones
The Nice Guys
Team America: World Police
Water for Elephants
Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children
Insecure: Season 4 Premiere
The Plot Against America: Series Finale
We're Here: Season Premiere
Autism: The Sequel
Here are the TV shows + movies leaving Netflix in April:
American Odyssey: Season 1
21 & Over
Lost Girl: Season 1-5
Big Fat Liar
The Longest Yard
The Ugly Truth
A Cinderella Story
A Little Princess
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Dirty Dozen
Driving Miss Daisy
Friday the 13th
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
Police Academy 3: Back in TrainingPolice Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol
Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach
Police Academy 6: City Under Siege
Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow
The Shawshank Redemption
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Here are the TV shows + movies leaving Hulu in April:
My Best Friend's Wedding
Girls! Girls! Girls!
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
Earth Girls Are Easy
Lord of War
National Lampoon's Dirty Movie
Here are the TV shows + movies leaving HBO in April:
The Day After Tomorrow
George of the Jungle
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Mary Queen of Scots
Men of Honor
Mr. Bean's Holiday
My Soul to Take
The Object of My Affection
Out of Sight
Puss in Boots
Rush Hour 2
The Parallax View
Welcome to Marwen
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Kids are naturally super active on their own, of course but with no playgrounds, no physical education at school and canceled sports, it can be tough to get in daily movement.
Experts recommend that 1 to 4-year-olds need three hours of physical activity per day, and that older kids need movement, too—not just to have healthy bodies, but to make good grades. That's because physical education (PE) classes and sports practices do more than just get kids to run around—they reinforce a variety of important gross motor skills like balance, coordination, strength, flexibility and reflexes.
So does this mean you should feel obligated to set up a full PE curriculum for your child during this time? No! But anything that gets the kids moving and playing, and hopefully acting a little silly together, is a win right now.
Here are some creative ideas to encourage physical activity beyond "go play outside"—including activities and exercises you can do together with kids.
Indoor movement ideas for kids
If you're having a bad weather week or you live in an urban area without easy access to a backyard, letting the kids run around outside might not be an option for you right now. But kids can still get in plenty of physical activity without leaving the house—it just takes a bit of creativity.
Twister is fun, encourages flexibility and balance, and is perfect for a rainy day or if you don't have an outdoor space available right now.
2. Dance + freeze
Adding a "freeze" element to a living room dance party makes it more fun for kids while also encouraging them to practice their balance.
Practicing yoga together is a great way to challenge balance and coordination while also getting some much needed zen time as a family.
4. Beanbag toss
This super simple activity is great for kids of all different ages and abilities as you can easily make it more or less challenging. Set up two baskets, one full of beanbags or soft balls. Your child can practice throwing a beanbag from one basket to another to work on coordination. Move the baskets further apart as they get the hang of it.
5. Jump rope
Jump rope is the perfect indoor PE activity because it uses up so much energy, requires very little space and is excellent practice for coordination.
Outdoor movement ideas for kids
If you have outdoor space available, encourage your child to get out there and play as much as possible. Free play is excellent physical activity—and if you play alongside your child, you just may get some much needed endorphins. Kick a ball around the yard together, play catch or blow up that inflatable pool to splash around in as soon as it's warm enough.
Here are a few specific activities to try if your kid needs some inspiration to get out there, or if you want to work with them on gross motor skills.
Hopscotch is excellent for helping kids improve balance and coordination because of all of the rapid changes in movement required. Get out the sidewalk chalk and set up hopscotch on your patio or driveway and hop along with each other.
2. Obstacle course
Enlist your child's help in setting up an obstacle course in the backyard. Get creative with what you have available to make it fun and challenging. Use garden stones or an old 2x4 to create a balance beam, mark a pathway for them to run or ride their bike on, set up a big bucket for them to throw a ball in.
If you don't have an outdoor space, you can still turn a playroom, garage, basement, or even your kid's bedroom into an obstacle course. Set up different stations like pillows for them to jump over, a row of chairs for them to crawl under, or a line made from painter's tape on the floor for them to walk or run on while balancing a beanbag on their head.
Sometimes the simple, time-tested games are the best! Draw numbered squares on your driveway and challenge each other to bounce the ball to a family member standing in whatever number square you call out. (You do need four people for a traditional foursquare game, but if you have fewer than four people in your household, you can create a simple variation by drawing a triangle or a rectangle with fewer spots.)
4. Follow the leader
Line up single file and let each family member take turns being the "leader." The leader decides how the group will move around the backyard. Think crawling around the perimeter, walking backwards (carefully), hopping on one foot, going down the slide if you have one.
5. Red light green light
Ask your kids to stand along the fence in the backyard. Stand across the yard from them. When you call "Green Light!" they can advance toward you and when you call "Red Light!" they stop. Change up the type of movement they use, from jumping to tiptoeing, and make sure to switch roles so they get a chance to lead too.
The text I was waiting for came at 7:59 last night. And even though I've been bracing myself for it these past weeks, it still felt like a punch to the gut.
"Breaking: SCHOOL IS DISMISSED FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR. Please see your email for a message from the superintendent."
In all caps, no less. As though the words themselves weren't overwhelming enough.
I suppose I had been clinging to some degree of hope telling me that normalcy was on the horizon. That if we could just buckle down for the month of April, gritting our teeth through the inevitable algebra related breakdowns (mine) and the "Can we watch whatever we want NOW?" demands (theirs) we'd all emerge victorious as the balm of warm weather arrived.
Consider my hopes dashed.
Dropping my 8th grader off to his final middle school dance, the one I would have threatened to chaperone if he didn't clean his room–canceled.
Soccer, baseball, field day, end of year class trips–all canceled.
Recitals, concerts, proms, graduations–canceled as well.
I underestimated the grief I'd feel settling into this reality.
I'm grieving for the loss of these rites of passage that guide our kids so steadily into the next phase of their lives.
I'm grieving for the kids who won't have the opportunity to take the stage and revel in their accomplishments of years of hard work and dedication.
I'm deeply grieving for the kids who are trapped in homes with parents who wouldn't have attended anyway.
Last week, elbow-deep in a box of photos (a quarantine-induced jaunt down memory lane had been more appealing than cleaning) I stumbled upon a grainy photo dated 1996. There I stood in my best friend's basement, a dELIA*s catalog-clad 8th grader dancing awkwardly with the boy I'd been crushing on for all of middle school. Others in the background were casually crammed onto the couch wolfing down snacks and soda. While exact memories of the evening have long since faded, I can still palpably recall the hormone-laced thrills of those first moments you feel grown-up. Older. Ready to take on the world.
What I never gave thought to until now were the parents upstairs.
I didn't think about how they must have felt knowing their basement was a portal from one phase of childhood into the next, running down the clock on innocence. How they must have been completely gobsmacked by the fact that suddenly these kids they'd known since preschool would be high schoolers in just a few months.
I didn't know how incredible it is to get a glimpse of who your teenager is becoming as you observe them with their friends.
I was unaware they were likely as nervous as we were.
Now I'm the parent. And right now, it feels like we've been tasked with so much more than our parents were. If we've collectively learned anything these past weeks, it's that regular parents aren't cut out to be teachers. And as it turns out, we're not cut out to be our childrens' peers either.
For the foreseeable future, I won't have a basement full of kids navigating that transition together. I won't snap that goofy graduation photo of my son and his friends—one they'd look back on and laugh at for decades. I won't transport a car full of loud, exuberant teenagers to roam the mall (yes, they still do that) crossing my fingers they won't irritate the food court patrons too much.
I guess I'm grieving for myself a little in that regard, too.
Of course, I know there's light at the end of the tunnel. As we navigate our way through it, we'll make do with virtual hangouts and celebrations. We'll pretend not to notice when they're up a little late playing video games with their friends. We'll brave this new "normal" together and allow them to find new ways to socialize and test the boundaries of growing up.
Maybe one day, a quarter-century from now, they'll look back and remember not the things they missed out on, but the ways they cultivated resilience while coming of age in a brand new era.