As someone whose kids are grown and gone, I cannot begin to imagine having to social isolate for weeks with my family, and not only that, but homeschool them too.
Fortunately, entrepreneurs, charities and celebrities are coming up with creative ideas to support parents and their children through this challenging time.
Take photographer Rita Zietsma. With her business at a halt right now – no weddings, no business profiles she’s turned her attention to how she could give back and help others. “I would hear from friends who had their young children at home and their frustration at keeping them busy.” shares Rita.
Given that many teens and children have access to an i-phone, and as a result a camera, she set about launching a photography scavenger hunt for children. Each week she posts a short lesson in her special Facebook group, and with it, five words which would act as a guide to the children as to what they had to photo.
The private Facebook group is accessed by the parents, who post their children’s photos. The program has been translated into German, and Rita has a participant from Australia so the reach is broad. A true example of how you can pivot to help others during this unprecedented time in history.
But it is not just entrepreneurs who are thinking up ideas to help families, KIVA, a charity that provides loans to people in developing countries, has used this time to develop lessons for children on world issues. The program can be downloaded and the material is divided up by age group. Each session includes a video and some hands-on exercises that children can do. Kudos to the charity for using this time of a global pandemic, to create awareness among children and teens on what is happening around the world.
With the popularity of Harry Potter, JK Rowling has developed a new Harry Potter At Home hub, a free online collection of child-friendly activities, videos, puzzles, creative ideas and more. And Dolly Parton has launched a weekly YouTube series – Goodnight with Dolly, through which she reads bedtime stories in her jammies. It is Thursdays at 7.00pm.
What strikes me about these different activities, is that people and organizations are sharing their skills and expertise to make life easier for parents and their children.
Everyone is pulling together to make a difference, and when this is over – and it will be over – my hope is that we continue being creative and thinking of others.
Send me your stories of what you are doing to help others through this pandemic. I want to spread good news during a time when there is little of it.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.