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Mask Away Your Seasonal Allergies

Aaaa-choo! ‘Tis the season, right? The one with all the sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes. The good news is, those masks you’ve already gotten used to wearing might offer some relief.

Surgical masks block particles as small as 3 micrometers, so they do a great job catching those pesky pollen grains that make you sneeze (which are around 10 micrometers). Even cloth masks will help. So grab your mask when you’re going to do yard work, hang out in the garden, or go for a walk outdoors, and you might find yourself considerably less sneezy. (Of course, the CDC wants you to keep wearing your mask in public anyway, allergies aside.)

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Supporting Your Child’s Post-Pandemic Mental Health

An expert offers tips for what to look out for and what to do if you’re concerned about your kid.

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DINNER QUESTIONS

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No matter how down you are, what’s one thing that always cheers you up?

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If magic was real, what spell would you try to learn first?

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What book has not been made into a movie, but really should be?

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What's a better name for your favorite animal

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What movie, TV clip, or visual image always makes you laugh, no matter how many times you see it?

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Interview Your Kids

It’s been a wild year in all our lives, and not one we’ll soon forget. Have you asked your kids what they’ll remember most? This week, document their perspectives by interviewing them.

Work with your kids to put together a list of questions: What have you missed the most during the pandemic? Can you tell me about something good that has come out of this experience? What has been especially hard for you? What has been kinda fun? You can record the interview on your phone, or write their answers down. Then turn the tables and let them interview you.

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If you want, try using the StoryCorps app to record your interviews. StoryCorps offers tips and tricks for crafting good questions and making the most out of your interview. CHECK IT OUT

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ADVENTURE OF THE WEEK

Sport Inventor

One of the coolest things about sports is that they don't have to be complicated to be fun. Think about it: While many of our favorite sports have grown more complex over time, most of them are based on super simple ideas, like getting a ball through a hoop, finding a way to move your team 100 yards down a field, or getting through a race course faster than anyone else. If you made up your own sport, how would it work? What would make it interesting, and maybe a little weird? Today, you'll get a chance to find out.

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HOURS OF LEARNING ADVENTURES FOR KIDS

For after school, holiday breaks, 
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Kitchen Table Academy

Camp Kinda is a virtual learning experience designed to keep kids in grades K-8 engaged, curious, and having fun—even if they’re stuck at home. It’s like summer camp... kinda. When you sign up for The Kinda Guide, you’ll get access to all 13 weeks of our summer 2020 adventures—more than 260 hours of activities, from exploring the mysteries of history to taking a crash course in comic books—as well as exclusive new Camp Kinda content.

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