You may not know LindsayRechler by name (yet) but if you’re a parent, chances are you’ve heard of (and/or read 18x before bed) Rechler’s hit children’s book,Good Morning Zoom。Rechler, who normally works in banking, was inspired to write the book when she and her husband Zack — like so many of us parents in 2020 — had to learn to bedistance-learning teachers(and chefs and coaches and more) for their kids. You know, in addition to their day jobs and parenting and generally trying to keep it all together amidst a global pandemic. NBD.
“This book,” Reichler’s publishers tell SheKnows, “was written for today’s children and for future generations to record the impact the pandemic had on our lives and how we weathered the storm together.” Hear, hear!
We caught up with Rechler to get the intel on her iconic book, as well as all her otherproduct picks— from (non-Zoom-related) grownup reads to beauty buys to screen-free kid activities. Ahead is her personal prescription for pandemic parenting survival. Even if you, too, are a Dad glued to your iPad or a mom who wears one top nonstop.
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The podcast I have on repeat
“We likeWhat if World。My kids ask a lot of questions. This podcast is fantastic storytelling based on ‘what if’ questions submitted by listeners.”
The books my kids are obsessed with
“Good Morning Zoomof course! We read that almost every night, but we love books and they also often requestGiraffes Can’t DanceandOh, The Places You’ll Go。My three-year-old can pretty much reciteGMZ, so I agree to a change-up every now and then.”
What I’m currently reading myself
“I finally finishedthe Bruce Springsteen book,Born to Run。I am a huge fan. I also readWomen’s Workwhich I’d highly recommend.”
The snacks I always keep on hand for the kids
“My kids love theMadeGood granola minis。They are easy to throw in your pocketbook and are tasty and healthy. I think they even have some vegetables hidden in the chocolate chunks.”
The beauty product that’s always in my bag
“This may sound ridiculous, butAquaphor。I work in finance and between my day job, managing two kids, and writing a book, a little Aquaphor on my chapped lips or dry skin goes a long way!”
The apps that make my life as a parent easier
“I useReminifor my kids’ school. It’s a one-stophth官网下载 for pictures, school reminders and health questionnaires. My daughter often steals my phone and playsDaniel Tiger Play at Home。While I try to avoid screen time, it’s an occasional distraction while I get through some emails.”
The parenting accounts I love to follow
“I loveKendra Randle。She was an early fan ofGood Morning Zoomand is a role model mom who just launched a contemporary clothing line calledKALORE。I’m looking forward to our kids getting together in NY!”
The non-screen activity that keeps my kids occupied for hours
“My son discovered indoor hockey, which is very difficult when you live in a NYC apartment. Our kitchen table has become a goal post. I try to occupy the kids with puzzles and they really enjoyZingo, which is a kids version of Bingo. You can play with multiple people and I enjoy it myself!”
The TV shows I actually enjoy watching with my kids
“This is a great question, because every time my kids ask to watch TV, I say to myself,please, don’t pick…I am personally a fan ofSesame Street。It’s timeless, and the music ensembles are thoroughly enjoyable. We are alsoDaniel TigerandPeppa Pigsupporters. My daughter singsDaniel Tigerjingles in an English accent, so I have accepted both shows as part of our routines.”
The kid-friendly music I don’t hate playing around the house
“My kids happen to likeSpringsteen,Tom PettyandCounting Crowsso I consider myself lucky. Do TheBeach Boyscount as kid music? We like a good rendition of ‘Barbara Ann.’ If I go children’s classic, I have to stick withRaffi。”
My favorite subscriptions for the kids
“In quarantine I downloaded about every educational game and subscription you can think of. I likeABC Learningand was also able to download theBob Books on Kindlefor my four-year-old. Pre-quarantine, I frequently used myKidPasssubscription to find local classes for the kids after school and during the weekends.”
Top kid-friendly bath/skincare picks
“I keep it simple withDove productsfor the kids — my husband and I too!”
Under-the-radar kids clothing brands I love
“I am a huge fan ofShock Kids in Westhampton Beach NY。It’s a small store that’s been around since I was a kid, and the owner, Elyse, has the best stuff. She carriesMish Mish,Flowers by Zoe,Splendid,Hannah BananaandVintage Havana。她还拥有非常棒的冰淇淋店next door, so my kids are willing to shop and eat!”
How I keep my mom wardrobe on point
“My wardrobe consists mainly of black work pants and blazers. When I first moved in with my husband, his friends came by to help us with the move and I got a ton of slack for the three wardrobe boxes labeled ‘Lindsay’s work pants’ which all had 50+ hangers of the same straight-leg black slack. I guess he embraced it because he married me anyway. Lately, as accurately shown inGood Morning Zoom, I’m that mom ‘in her top she’s been wearing non-stop.’ I have recently discovered theJoah Love matching sweat suitsto accommodate this 24/7 pajama look.”
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