If there is some good that has come out of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s that more and more fur babies are finding their forever homes. 

Which is great! Dogs are an endless source of amusement, particularly the less bright ones (the author can make that joke, as he owns a lab, a breed the AKC refers to as “hilariously dumb”). 

But beware, owning a dog isn’t all about distracting your children and laughing while they chase their own tail (the dog, we mean). The spontaneous decision to welcome a new member to your family just because you’re spending more time inside comes with some very real responsibilities, especially as restrictions are lessened and you can roam the outside world.

When considering in-home care, it is important to keep asking questions until you're satisfied with the answers, said Adam Blecker, president of Seniors In Place, which provides home and in-facility care for families in New Jersey. 

Here are important questions to ask - and the answers you should receive.

We all need a break or escape from the real world sometimes, and what better way than to get lost in a book. Teen fantasy books are great because readers can quickly immerse themselves in a fast-paced story and experience a world with magic, romance, action, heroics, and even dragons. Fantasy books also help teens foster their empathy and imagination.


After homeschooling and sheltering in place for months, you’re ready to hit the road for a little summer rest and relaxtion. It’s important to remember that even though some restrictions have been lifted, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. So, you’ll need a few new travel habits this summer.

The last few months have been a time of great transition for most of us. Families were unexpectedly guided back to their homes to continue school and work, and even as restrictions have eased, there is much change to process. When the world is in flux, it can be comforting to hide out in a good book. Fantasy novels can help generate a certain type of escapism that can be a great balm for change.  

Here are titles full of new worlds for your kids to explore alone, or read together as a family.