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Chelsea Clinton on coronavirus: 'There's a real responsibility to protect each other right now'

Her organization, Too Small to Fail, is doing its part by offering a staycation toolkit for parents.

Chelsea Clinton on coronavirus: 'There's a real responsibility to protect each other right now'

Schools and borders are closing, kids are asking questions about coronavirus and parents are asking questions about the gaps in America's health care system and whether a country can be protected from a pandemic when it doesn't protect every citizen's health.

That's why this week's guest on The Motherly Podcast is public health and international relations expert (and former first daughter) Chelsea Clinton, whose organization Too Small to Fail (an initiative of the Clinton Foundation) is helping families get through the pandemic.

On the second episode of season three, Clinton tells Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety Clinton that her interest in public health stemmed from an interest in the inequalities in our society and how they make all of us vulnerable. Clinton believes "we are living in a moment where we see kind of the consequences" of how inequality impacts public health.

"Perhaps not surprisingly, I have been distraught at the multiple failures of leadership out of this administration," she tells Tenety, speaking specifically from a public health perspective. "China really, you know, bought the world time, effectively, and some countries used that time," she said, highlighting efforts in Singapore, South Korea and Japan, "and some countries didn't, as we're seeing here in the United States."

Clinton says there's still several actions she would like to see come from America's leadership, including paid sick leave, laws to stop evictions and ICE raids, basic income supports and "ensuring that everyone in our prisons has access to soap and hand sanitizer and also like good ventilation and good food, things that also should be happening otherwise."

There is movement on this front. Over the weekend the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address the coronavirus pandemic. Spearheaded by Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the bipartisan legislative package expands funding for Medicaid and offers paid emergency leave for many (but as critics have pointed out, not all) workers. An additional legislative package is now in progress, and progress on this front is good news for Clinton.

"We need a much more comprehensive approach to protect public health than we have Liz. And we also need to be doing everything we can to support the families...and paid sick leave and kind of guaranteed income in this moment, is part of that. And the President has said he wants to cut the payroll tax, and if he wants to do that, that's also great, but that is not sufficient for people who then do not have a paycheck to receive it tax cut from."

Those are the kind of changes that need to come from the top or from voters in November, but Clinton reminds us that there are small things those of means can do right now to help people during the pandemic that is interrupting daily life and people's ability to earn an income.

"Like in Seattle, we saw people stopped paying their dog walkers. Like, keep paying your dog walkers, keep ordering your groceries, even if you've stocked up, you know as much as you can. Continue. For those of us who have discretionary income, continue to kind of spend money where you can so that you are helping to support the people around you, because there is a real responsibility for all of us to protect each other right now," she tells Tenety.

Clinton continues: "But this is really why we need government because even if everyone in Seattle is paying their dog walkers, that is no substitute for the government providing paid sick leave and income support."

As a public health expert and a mom, Clinton is urging her fellow Americans to stay serious about "social distancing and washing our hands and demanding better for our government."

The mission of Too Small to Fail is to promote the importance of early childhood development and the organization does that by meeting parents where they are—in laundromats, pediatricians offices and other public spaces—and now that parents are avoiding public spaces it is hooking parents up with a staycation toolkit because we can engage little brains during this pandemic.

For more from Clinton and Tenety's conversation listen to The Motherly Podcast for the full interview.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

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Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

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Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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