One day, we’ll look back on the Covid-19 era as an extraordinary time in history—for the most part, not in a good way. But with all the many ways our lives have changed in the last year to accommodate the virus, surely there are a few new habits, skills, or ways of living and working that we’d like to keep. Maybe?

Here are the things our team at EdNavigator hopes to hold onto. What about you?

Nurturing connections with far-flung loved ones.

“I do group video calls more with far away friends. We could have been doing them before the pandemic, but this got us in the groove.” - Meghan, New Orleans Navigator

“ A weekly video call with grandparents in Uruguay, set at the same time every week so we can all plan around it.” - Ari, Chief Operations Officer

“Family video calls with my husband’s side, stretching from California to India. My daughters get to see their masi in Mumbai much more regularly than ever before. All the Zoom events have also been a good reminder that even when we’re back to in-person gatherings, we can use technology to include loved ones who can’t be physically present so they don’t have to miss out.” - Kate, Editorial Director

Embracing the quieter times.

“We’re doing more analogy, old-school activities: Coloring books, board games, hopscotch, and jacks.” - Ramie, New Orleans Navigator

“Taking walks. And watching shows as a whole family instead of each person on their own screen.” - Tim, CEO

“Taking more advantage of alone time, and not being afraid of being alone.” - Arlene, Boston Navigator

“Not traveling during the holidays. Since we are the faraway ones, we always make the trek and come home exhausted. This year, we were able to create more home traditions. It’s a good feeling.” - Caroline, Operations Manager

“Socializing outside. Even if the weather isn’t perfect, even if it is a little chilly, we learned this year that it can be done comfortably and it lets the kids play instead of being on screens.” - Tim

“This year, with school buildings closed by COVID, our parent-teacher conferences took place over Zoom. Unlike most things that involve video conferences, that turned out to be a great thing.”

Investing in our local communities.

“Getting to know your neighbors better. Before the pandemic, we tended to socialize with people who lived further away from us (even if not “far” away); kids had playdates with friends from school, we’d meet up with families we already knew. With the lockdowns and social distancing rules, that changed and we found ourselves outside with our immediate neighbors a lot more often. It’s created stronger bonds in our local community and sort of forced all of us to get to know each other more closely than we would otherwise.” - David, Chief Communications Officer

“Community drives to save small businesses. Many of them raised money to stay afloat due to the pandemic, but why not do similar campaigns to sustain, say, an independent bookstore in years to come?” - Tim

Offering families virtual options for engaging with school.

“This year, with school buildings closed by COVID, our parent-teacher conferences took place over Zoom. Unlike most things that involve video conferences, that turned out to be a great thing.” - David

“This year has been eye-opening for the ways thatvirtual learning can serve some students very well—including those who have particular barriers to being physically in school, as well those for whom remote learning is simply better suited to their personalities. We should learn from all of these experiences so that moving forward, we can figure out how to make school work well for all kinds of students and their families.” - Ramie

Using technology to our advantage.

“Using instant messaging tools like Slack or Teams instead of email. I went from being bombarded with 30+ emails a day to a manageable inbox. And using group messaging apps like GroupMe or Facebook Messenger to plan outings with my brother’s neighborhood friends.” - Jaime, Marketing Manager

“Putting when to check up on a friend or family member on my calendar. And wearing blue-light filtering glasses!” - Whitney, Chief Program Officer

“Yoga classes at home. I very much appreciate being able to roll out of bed, unroll my mat, and click “join class.” - Caroline

Giving the kids a little more independence.

“At the kids’ sports games these days, they make the parents sit further away from everyone to ensure distancing. That should never go away—it keeps us parents from involving ourselves non-stop and makes it easier for the kids to just play.” - Tim

“My preschooler plays independently so much more now, probably because I’ve had to force us to maintain some boundaries when I’m trying to work while she’s home. And then I try to be more intentional when I’m putting my work away and getting down on the floor to play. It’s been good for both of us so I hope we keep it up.” - Kate



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