Halloween

Caribu’s Top Halloween Activities for A Safe And Fun Family Fright Fest

Grab a pumpkin and get your costumes ready! Halloween 2020 is almost here, and there’s nothing like sharing fall’s favorite fright fest with your loved ones. Join Caribu to celebrate with our ‘Happy Halloween’ category, filled with ghostly books and activities for you to enjoy in a virtual playdate! Connect from a safe social distance with a Halloween Caribu Call to read, color, and play together.

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Diversity, Social Tech

Author Mayra Ochoa Stewart: Cultivate Connections And Thrive With Caribu

‘Grow, Florecita, Grow’ is a poem that compares the growth of a flower to the personal growth that humans can experience. The poem reminds readers that with patience, care, and gratitude, their lives will blossom, just like a flower. The book’s bright illustrations reinforce this positive message and inspire hope.

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Family, Social Tech

Grandparents And Grandkids Connect With Caribu From A Distance With Interactive Video-Calls

Across the globe, grandparents and grandchildren who are separated due to the COVID-19 pandemic are using the Caribu app to connect with their loved ones. Caribu offers many meaningful and exciting ways to enhance family video-calls: online books, games, puzzles, and coloring pages that you can share together in a virtual playdate.

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COVID-19, Social Tech

I Was A Screen Time Expert. Then The Coronavirus Happened.

What I’ve come to realize with clarity in these dark, anxious times is that so many of our problems “with technology” don’t emanate from the screens that our children are glued to but from the disruption and alienation that creeps into our own relationships with ourselves and others as we allow our experiences and tough emotions to be mediated, numbed out, blurred, by media. The phone is like a fentanyl lollipop; yes, it’s possible to abuse, but our pain, and the massive pain of the world driving us to it, is arguably the real problem.

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Family

The Important Role Of Aunts And Uncles In Children’s Lives

Aunts and uncles can also be the adult friend a child needs. For example, a child could be too nervous to talk about their crush in math class or the bully on the playground with their parents. They certainly want to address these issues with someone but may feel their parents will be dismissive or explosive about what’s bothering them. Cue in the “cool uncle” who listens without the judgmental and presumptive attitudes parents could show when addressing touchy topics with their kids. Aunts and uncles may have a more relaxed approach with their nieces and nephews, offering different and more encouraging solutions to a child’s problems. They are more likely to tell their nieces and nephews embarrassing stories about their parents. These and other entertaining exchanges could help solidify a powerful and trusting relationship between aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews for many years.

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COVID-19, Family

How To Talk To Your Grandkids About These Turbulent Times

Being a grandparent is one of the greatest joys of life, but even the best nanas and pop-pops may find themselves struggling with how to handle the questions, anxiety and other emotions coming from their grandchildren as they take in the world right now. As elementary school children express anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic, feel the associated boredom and also absorb what they can of the complex discussions of institutional racism, law enforcement policy and white privilege, there are bound to be a lot of questions.

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Family

How Storytelling Builds Attachment And The Science Behind It

Any parent, grandparent, or teacher who has told stories to their children will recognize that at the end of a good story, you don’t just walk away with a good story – the two of you feel closer. Why? Doctors call this attachment. And to understand how it works we have to shift our perspective for a moment from the story itself to the relationship that arises between speaker and listener during a story.

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