Be socially responsible. Teach your kids to be socially responsible.
If you have kids, this becomes challenging but it is their reality and they need to understand that it’s essential and extremely important for everyone’s health. Talk to them. Tell them people carry diseases and spread them without getting sick themselves. Let them know that some people are getting sick because of this and we need to do our part by staying inside so we can help stall the spread of this virus.
Do keep ALL aged kids at home
Whether you have toddlers or teenagers, it will be a tough time for you. Toddlers will exhaust you physically with wanting to spend every moment with you and your teens, they will mentally exhaust you by the ongoing plead to see their friends.
We have to say no, and then turn to the creative arts.
When my kids were little, the things that kept them happy, and busy revolved around craft projects, baking, putting on shows, puzzles, games, watching shows, scavenger hunts. Make lists of the top 15 films you want to watch, come up with cookie recipes with the least ingredients ( check out Mollyjwilk on Instagram), clean out closets and make donation piles. Goals are good and they can evolve and change on a daily basis.
I understand some kids want you to engage you with everything however, it can be a great time to empower your kids to do things on their own. Give them small wins; for example set them up with a craft project, a building project and have them bring it to you when they are done. Another thought is to create a scavenger hunt in finding old shirts and clothes and teach them to sew, glue something together. Who knows what their minds will imagine and make!
With your teens, have them organize a movie night where all their friends get online together, make popcorn, watch the same film – online parties. Have them work out together online – these kids are glued to their phones so they just need some ways to be creative with it. Tik Tok party?
This is such a wonderful time for families to come together.
One last piece of advice, get back into a routine. I find that when we get out of a routine, we tend to get unmotivated and making decisions in that mind frame is hard. Schedule meal times, be consistent with it can be a good place to start.