written by Samantha Green
The COVID19 pandemic has drastically shifted the way we live our lives. In a matter of days, most establishments halted operations; we’re mandated to stay at home and maintain physical distancing when outside. Everything that’s happening is a lot to take in – and not just for us adults, but the kids as well.
Still, being stuck at home during this pandemic isn’t such a bad thing. There’s a silver lining to all this. And for parents, it’s the opportunity to stay at home and spend time with your children for the next few weeks.
Make every day with your family count this quarantine period. Here are a few ideas how:
Do chores together.
Everybody’s stuck at home – which means, household chores must be piling up. And while it’s tempting to shuttle the children off to their rooms after breakfast so you can get something done, why not use this time to teach them about helping around the house?
Here’s an excellent idea: find a day or two each week to tackle chores together and double as a family bonding moment. Also, instead of a chore chart, download chore apps for kids for more age-appropriate-chores ideas. These apps also allow you to instantly reward your children for the tasks they’ve accomplished – a great way to keep them motivated!
Have a morning and bedtime routine.
You may be staying at home for the next few weeks, but for working parents, that does not mean you don’t have jobs to do. Even if you have to work from home during the quarantine, make sure you get to spend some quality time with your family with a morning and bedtime routine.
Every day for the next few weeks, spare around 30 minutes of your time to do something fun with your kids during the daytime and before they go to bed. You can make cereal bowls or exercise together in the morning and cap the day off with a bedtime story at night. Anything works, really — as long as you’re enjoying it!
Find time for educational activities.
The kids are supposed to be in school, but because of the current health crisis, they have to stay at home to stay safe. The learning shouldn’t stop, though, and the best part is you can learn with them.
Now that all of you don’t have somewhere to be early in the morning, you can find the time to paint, learn to play a musical instrument, or watch documentaries together. When this quarantine period is over, you guys will have learned something new!
Have themed family dinners.
Meals shared with the entire family are always special, but you know what’s an even bigger hit? Themed dinners. Whether it’s Taco Tuesday, Pizza Friday, or Weekend Barbecue, these special nights will get everybody excited.
This quarantine period, make themed dinner nights even more memorable by getting the whole family involved in the cooking. Kids are always eager to help out in the kitchen. Letting them prepare the meals themselves will have them looking forward to this family bonding time all week!
Set a family game and movie night.
Parents hope to minimize their children’s tech and screen time, but the idea of a weekly family movie night isn’t so bad. You and your kids can take turns picking the movie of the week, then snuggle up to watch it on a Friday or weekend night – with popcorn, of course!
If you’re not up for a movie this week, how about game night? Oh, the countless board games to choose from. Your kids will love every minute of it.
Take family photos daily.When was the last time you and your kids took a “selfie” together? Kids these days love taking photos and posting their day on social media, so why not join in the fun?
Take daily photos with your family; document even the most random things you do during the quarantine and then print them out at the end of the period. When this whole crisis is over, you’ll have plenty of fond memories to look back on.
If there’s anything good that came out of this pandemic, it’s the rare chance to spend so much time at home and with the family. Make the most out of it!
Samantha Green is the Content Marketing Strategist for BusyKid, the first and only chore and allowance platform where kids can earn, save, share, spend, and invest their allowance. A mom of two, she enjoys spending time with her kids and reading books to them. https://busykid.com