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Mama, we're still in the thick of it. The coronavirus is on all our minds all day long. We're struggling to keep up—with our children, our homes, our families and friends, our finances. Some of us are fortunate enough to be at home, while others are bravely heading into the world to keep this country going. Either way, we're all in this together.

As you can probably imagine, this week's viral stories are all about the coronavirus. But while the issue is incredibly serious, heartbreaking and terrifying, there's light here: These stories show how people are processing and connecting and helping one another during this time. And they give us a tiny bit of hope.

These are the stories making us smile this week:

This viral illustration shows what 2020 graduates are feeling during this pandemic 

If your children are set to graduate (whether that's from high school, from college or even kindergarten), they're likely mourning their lost ability to enjoy those final days before the next step comes... and they're likely worrying that they won't be able to celebrate graduation in the traditional fashion. Yes, we're dealing with a pandemic here, but 2020 grads have every right to feel sadness over what social distancing has taken from them.

One student drew the most beautiful, heart-wrenching representation of this feeling. A woman named Claire Hibbard shared an image of the illustration, which she says was done by a high school senior. The drawing features a graduate wearing a face mask along with her gap... and there are tears in her eyes. It's incredibly powerful, and it's a powerful reminder that those children who are robbed of the graduation experience are going through something really tough right now.

Allbirds is going viral for providing healthcare workers with new shoes

Healthcare workers are carrying an enormous load right now. They're undoubtedly exhausted in every sense—physically, mentally, emotionally. And they deserve something that'll make their lives a bit easier at this time.

That's why we love what Allbirds is doing. The company known for creating incredibly comfortable shoes will donate a pair of wool sneakers to hospital employees. The gesture alone is lovely—those courageous healthcare workers deserve a token of appreciation, after all—but this gift goes beyond that. Hospital employees are likely on their feet and overworked to the brim right now, and by sending them a pair of shoes that'll give them some measure of comfort as they work through this crisis, the company is truly doing something that can help those who are fighting this war.

Viral video shows how Girl Scouts will donate cookies to hospital workers

Healthcare workers have so much on their plates right now... but the fact is, they probably don't have enough time to squeeze in meals during their work hours. Luckily, Girls Scouts are setting up digital cookie booths to provide hospital employees free cookies. And let's face it: Cookies won't fix what's going on right now, but they can certainly put a smile on someone's face right now, and we can't underestimate the value of that.

Three Girl Scouts (who also happen to be sisters) came up with this concept: Sylvie, Julia and Piper, along with their mom, knew they needed to come up with another solution to their usual cookie stands as the coronavirus began spreading.

The girls are encouraging people to send donations via PayPal—they'll use those funds to donate cookies to doctors and nurses who are fighting this pandemic.

"With everything going on right now, it seems like our doctors and nurses are going to be hit so hard," the girls' mom, Kacey Farrell said, according to Good Morning America. "Girl Scout cookies are a small way to say thank you, but it felt like an easy opportunity to let our frontline responders know how grateful and supportive we are."

Viral video shows teachers social distancing while seeing their students during pandemic

With schools shut down, parents are finally realizing the immense challenge teachers face every day. It is incredibly tough to handle closures and home school our children... but what we have to realize is, it's equally tough for those teachers to be without their beloved students.

A Facebook post shows video of teachers driving through a neighborhood as their elementary school students waved from a distance. All the feels.

The video is incredible touching: It shows how excited the teachers are as they wave to the kids, who are obviously equally thrilled to see their teachers. Doesn't this warm your heart, mama? It's a powerful reminder that we send our kids to school, they're still spending time with people who love them.

Viral video: Grandfather meets his grandson while social distancing 😭

One of the toughest parts of social distancing is staying away from family members, especially for those of us who have aging parents who are considering high-risk where this pandemic is concerned. But can you imagine your parents not being able to meet your newborn baby? The thought is gut-wrenching. But one new father named Míchéal Gallachoir found a touching way to introduce his new son to his own dad... and the photo of the interaction is so beautiful.

Míchéal's sister, Emma, shared the photo on her Twitter account. "Three generations of social distancing as my dad meets his grandson for the first time," she wrote alongside the sweet image.

This will hit home for so many new parents across the globe, especially as many moms are giving birth without anyone to support them in the delivery room thanks to social distancing measures. Ultimately, we have to do what needs to be done to slow done this awful virus...and we applaud this family for finding a way to still connect while remaining mindful of that.

Viral video shows twin toddlers' hilarious conversation about 'quarantines' + germs

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The 2 funniest people I know! They usually talk about what happened that day while I put the baby to sleep ##quarantine ##pillowfight ##humor ##brothers

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Children can find fun in the most serious of situations, as a now-viral TikTok clip proves.

When Alabama mom Megan Sanchez asked her twin 3-year-old boys to get ready for bed she caught them on the baby monitor having a hilariously age-appropriate conversation about current events.

"We're in quarantine," one of the twins says to the other.

"Yes," his brother responds. "We're in quarantines."

Then the twins chant "germs go away" before turning the convo to the fact that spring is just around the corner.

"The 2 funniest people I know! They usually talk about what happened that day while I put the baby to sleep," Sanchez captioned her TikTok.

The video also shows the two having a pillow fight and yelling out things like "I got you with my pillow germs!"

Seems like quarantine is kind of fun in the Sanchez house. Cheers to the twins' mama and all the other mamas making this work and helping their kids understand the situation (while still having fun).

Baby Shark has a new song about handwashing (and it's going viral)

Pinkfong, the company behind the incredibly popular Baby Shark franchise, has released a song aimed at helping kids with hand hygiene.

"Wash Your Hands with Baby Shark" is exactly what the title suggests. The familiar "doo doo doo doo doo" is back, but with a hygienic twist.

"Grab some soap, doo doo doo doo doo..."

"Rub your hands, doo doo doo doo doo..."

"Rinse your hands, doo doo doo doo doo..."

It's a bop, mama.

If your kids are sick of singing "Happy Birthday" every time they wash up, introduce them to this earworm to ensure 30 seconds of scrubbing.

14 Toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

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.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

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!

$75

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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Every week, we stock the Motherly Shop with innovative and fresh products from brands we feel good about. We want to be certain you don't miss anything, so to keep you in the loop, we're providing a cheat sheet.

So, what's new this week? All things maternity fashion, mama.

Stowaway Collection Maternity: Modern maternity wear that shows off your bump.

Finding clothes that still make you feel like yourself isn't always easy. With their premium fabrics and universally flattering cuts, we can't get enough of the maternity wardrobe essentials from Stowaway Collection maternity. Even better? Everything from the mama/daughter duo owned brand is sewn in Long Island City, NY and they source USA-made fabric whenever possible.

Superkin: High tech, low maintenance clothing designed for mamas.

Superkin's line of focused essentials (launched by two retail execs, Miriam Williams and Tara Henning, who worked for world-class brands like Louis Vuitton, Walmart, J.Crew and Narvar) are meticulously designed with the needs of mamas in mind. Made from luxurious, wear tested fabrics and featuring thoughtful design details, they've created a line of clothing women actually want to wear. Each piece is a welcome addition to a solid maternity capsule wardrobe, making them a worthy investment from the first trimester.

Tellus Mater: Sophisticated, luxury maternity wear with a minimalist aesthetic.

Founded by a former ELLE and Marie Claire beauty editor, Tellus Mater offers high-end, sophisticated maternity looks. Designed for mamas who are looking beyond the standard ruched dresses and oversize T-shirts, the considered line features classic white blouses, tailored trousers and fitted turtlenecks with a minimalist aesthetic. Their classic feel can easily carry mamas from meetings to business dinners all in one day.

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The second any new parent lays their eyes on their newborn baby, their thoughts probably go to how the baby is going to set the world on fire with their energy, charisma and passion. As the years go by, you may refer to your little one as a firecracker because of their witty and spunky personality, or you may be taken aback (in the best way possible) by how their infectious personality catches onto any room like a flame.

Perhaps you or your partner has taken on a life of service as a firefighter, and are heavily inspired by the word fire, or maybe it's a word with a different personal meaning that ignites your spirit. The word fire can stand for a lot of things, including warmth, light and exciting. Maybe you see your child as the flame that will continue to carry on your family's legacy. Whatever reason you may want to give your child a name that means fire, it's up to you, and there are dozens of options to make your dreams come true.

So go ahead and peruse this list for 100 ideas for baby names that mean fire.

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