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Kids Life Magazine, LLC
P.O. Box 2372,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
P UBLISHER Kitty Collins
A SSISTANT E DITOR Diana Barrett
D ISTRIBUTION Mary Jane Turner
S OCIAL M EDIA Ryan Collins
E DITORIAL C ONTRIBUTORS
Ken Coleman, Larry Deavers,
A DVERTISING Kitty Collins
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CREATIVITY DL IN Y
Grant Collins is excited for Summer!
ing From Ho
FOR A VIRTUAL ONLIN E - 5 IDEAS
The Heart of Homeschooling
ling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Helping Children Deal with Anxiety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Why Choose a Catholic School Education? . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
An Eternal Connection. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Remaining Productive When Working From Home . . . . . . . 16
Kid-Friendly Creativity in the Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Take Travel Online – 5 Ideas for a Virtual Family Adventure . 20
How our world has changed since we were last together! If someone had told me 2 months ago that the
entire world would come to a screeching halt, I would have thought they’d lost their mind. Since we’ve all
become “accidental homeschoolers” while working from home, I’ll admit I have enjoyed some aspects of our
lives’ slower pace like tackling small home repair projects and spring cleaning on steroids. Our normal, busy
schedule has been replaced by neighborhood window bear hunts, drive-by birthday parties, sidewalk chalk art
time, starting school at 9am or noon or whenever, Zooming with family members or for classes (I’ll admit I’d
never heard of Zoom before Covid-19). Who would have guessed face masks would be the hot accessory?
While I have enjoyed certain aspects of our “purposeful pause,” I think it has stolen as much as it has given.
Students and teachers have had to transition from the classroom to distance learning overnight. Students are
missing time with their teachers and friends. Spring sports seasons - cancelled. In-person lessons – cancelled.
Special events at the end of senior year – cancelled. Family trips – cancelled. Holding a loved one’s hand
during their precious last moments – cancelled. Hugging a friend who is grieving a lost loved one – cancelled.
In the midst of a season of loss, let’s try to focus more on things that remain. Faith has not been cancelled;
I believe none of this has taken my God by surprise and He is doing some incredible things in our midst. Hope
has not been cancelled; at some point this season will pass and I think we will have a new appreciation for so
many small things or people we may have taken for granted in the past. Love has not been cancelled; wonderful
technology has made it possible to not only connect with distant friends and family by voice but also see their
faces. Also, I couldn’t imagine more beautiful weather to be “stuck” with, what an incredible gift it has been
during this time!
If you are one of our consistent readers, you’ll notice fewer pages in this issue than usual. Free family
publications such as Kids Life Magazine are able to be produced and brought to communities solely through
sponsoring advertisers and local contributors. Our sponsors are small businesses in Tuscaloosa and Northport
who choose to consistently partner with us in offering a helpful resource for parents and grandparents. Because
of the significant impact the current public health crisis has had on almost every small business in our area,
many were understandably unable to participate at this time. On behalf of every small locally-owned business
in our community, as they begin to open back up (and as your comfort level allows) I hope you will support
them. Whether it’s pre-purchasing lessons or classes for your grandchild, gift cards or gifts for teachers or
birthdays, or grabbing a bite to eat with the family, they need you now more than ever.
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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27