Kids Life Tuscaloosa May-June 2020 - Page 6

FREE k i d s l i fe kids life • T U S C A LO O SA’ S FA M I LY TUSCA LOOSA • ’S FA M I LY M AY/ J MAGAZ UNE 20 20 INE MAGAZINE PUBLISHED BY Kids Life Magazine, LLC P.O. Box 2372, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403 205.610.9551 email: Twitter: @kidslifemag Instagram: kidslifemag 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, Terra Kittrell, Brooke O’Briant A DVERTISING Kitty Collins SUBSCRIPTIONS Kids Life Magazine is available free throughout the Tuscaloosa area. Subscriptions are available for your convenience. Please send $12 for one year to the above address. NEXT DEADLINE Ad deadline for the July/August issue is Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Kids Life Magazine is published every other month. Reproduction of any part of this publication without written permission of the publisher is prohibited. The publisher is not responsible for incorrect information. The publisher assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts. Distribution of this magazine does not constitute an endorsement of information, products or services. The publisher reserves the right to reject any advertisement or listing which is not in keeping with the p publications standards. An Eterna l Connection On Our Cover... KID-FRIEN CREATIVITY DL IN Y THE KITCHEN Grant Collins is excited for Summer! Features... Remaining Productive When Work ing From Ho me TAKE TRAVEL FOR A VIRTUAL ONLIN E - 5 IDEAS FAMILY ADVENT URE 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 Dear Readers… 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. Stay Safe! ughter, signer Tracy’s da Our Graphic De ks for as m g busy makin Baker has been . es ro he re ca frontline health 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