Being in isolation is challenging on many levels. Will you have enough toilet paper? Is your Netflix membership enough or should you go ahead and subscribe to all the other video-on-demand streaming services?
All jokes aside, self-isolation can be tough if you have kids, especially if you don’t have a garden or outdoor space you can retreat to when you get a serious case of cabin fever, and running out of infant formula is no joke.
If you have kids and find that this period of lockdown is definitely putting your parenting skills to the test, we’ve compiled a useful list of ideas that can keep you and your family mentally stimulated and emotionally balanced during this time.
And who knows, if you put your mind to it, you may even be able to make something meaningful of this time together.
Look After Yourself
You can take better care of your children and family if you look after yourself, as well. This involves taking care of your emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual needs. You can keep well-balanced by:
- Using workout apps to keep physically active by doing yoga or some other form of exercise.
- Meditating or praying to help you stay grounded and focused
- Connecting with friends and co-workers by phoning or video calling them
- Completing tasks around the house that you have been meaning to get round to for a while
- Eating healthy food and cutting back on alcohol and cigarettes
Be Proactive about Keeping the Kids Active and Engaged
You can find a variety of ideas of activities for children online, but here are a few to get you started:
- Organize video chats with their friends
- Organize dance parties
- Buy coloring books or crafts for younger kids
- Re-do your kids’ rooms by getting them to make some of their own decorations
Teach Your Kids Valuable Skills
You may be worried that your child is falling behind with the school syllabus, but now is the perfect time to teach them valuable skills you wouldn’t otherwise have had time for.
Let them help with household chores, and if you have any practical skills like sewing, knitting, or growing vegetable in pots, now is a good time to teach them.
You can also ask them to help you with food preparation and preservation. Not only will this help you out, but it’ll keep them occupied while learning a new skill.
Do Fun Things Together
Whether it’s making short movies, singing karaoke, or playing board games, being stuck at home requires making the most of your time together.
Tempers are bound to rise every now and then, so make sure you know how to manage these in a healthy way while making room for fun.
Use Your Time in a Meaningful Way
The pandemic and period of lockdown is also an opportunity to do something towards self-improvement. Do something you’ve always wanted to do, such as learning a new language, learning to paint or doing a short online course.
Many of us with internet access are more connected with people all over the world than ever before. Use the available resources and apps to learn, connect, and explore the world from your home.
If you and your partner are working from home, you can take turns to work while the other spends time with the kids.
Being in isolation can make people feel powerless, but there are many ways you can help the more vulnerable:
- Make masks for organizations that you know need them
- Donate money or food to those in need
- Foster a dog or cat
- Share positive posts on social media
- Reach out to others who are also isolating, or are in lockdown