Locking-in Life Skills, Caring for Your Community and Other Tips for a Productive Family Summer

There’s no doubt that this summer will be an unusual one. Camps have been cancelled or moved online, vacations have been postponed, and many families are still huddled at home. Why not seize this slowed-down summer as an opportunity to teach kids critical life skills, such as writing a Thank You note and sorting laundry? Pre-pandemic, asking kids to help around the house amidst busy school schedules fell off the To-Do list, but experts have always underscored the long-term benefits of teaching kids everyday responsibilities. Our speakers will help parents connect the dots between practicing everyday life skills to instilling in our kids a sense of community involvement — helping a neighbor, writing a congressperson, or working at a food bank.

Please join Conversations with Common Sense as we welcome best-selling author Catherine Newman and writer, community-builder and optimist, Asha Dornfest, as they discuss how to make this summer an inspiring and productive one for kids and families.


Conversation with Common Sense brings together authors, experts, and thought leaders for meaningful and timely dialogue on what it means to raise healthy and happy kids in the digital age. This (now-virtual) speaker series features tips and advice on keeping kids engaged, entertained, and learning while at home, as well as best practices for managing stress and self-care for the whole family during increasingly challenging times.

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Are you looking for resources to help during the school closures? We’ve got you. Common Sense has free tips and tools for educators and families to support the transition to at-home learning. Get the best ratings, reviews, and advice so you can keep your kids engaged, entertained, and learning while at home, :

Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Every day, millions of parents and educators trust Common Sense reviews and advice to help them navigate the digital world with their kids. Together with policymakers, industry leaders, and global media partners, we’re building a digital world that works better for all kids, their families, and their communities. Visit us at https://www.commonsense.org.

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