There is a lot going on in the world right now, countries have closed their boarders, schools are shutting down weeks early, more and more people are being told to work from home, without any definite idea when that will change. Yes, a lot is happening around us.
If you’re a parent your primary focus at this time are your kids, how to ensure they are comfortable, well entertained and not robbed of any innocence and childhood joy in this seemingly chaotic time.
So, what can you do to keep the fun, especially in this time of social distancing and isolation:
TV has never been more precious than right now. Asides from regular cartoons, ensure you encourage your children to watch fun and educational programs. The little ones will have something to entertain them and keep them preoccupied for most of the day. Your only issue on this may be squabbles over who gets to hold the remote. Yikes!
Over the Christmas break, I decided to make some chin-chin for the fa mily. My six-year old daughter was so excited and wanted to join in, and so she passed eggs, measured flour and got her hands messy as she mixed the dough, which was gooey and sticky but she thoroughly loved it. You can take this time as an opportunity to enroll the kids (who are old enough of course) into a mini-cooking class. Cooking encourages children’s thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. It also allows children the opportunity to use the knowledge they have and apply it by counting, measuring, following a sequence, following directions, and cause and effect.
DIY is another fun way to keep the children entertained, and preoccupied. It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy or technical, remember some of the artsy things you did as a kid, like paper planes, paper boats and coloring them with water paint or crayons. I remember my siblings and I when we were younger used some empty cartons we found at home to make a car, which later became a fortress. DIY has a lot of benefits for children, it has the ability to reduce stress, encourage self-expression, boost creativity and foster self-esteem. You can check online for some ideas, and a nice treat at the end of their creative masterpieces will be nice.
When I say fun, you say snack so ! Yea, if your children are anything like mine, there is always the need to munch on something. Coming home with snacks is like coming home with a bag of gold in my house. Children dancing and declaring unending love for me! So, stuck up on snacks, it’s also a good way to distract them when they are in a squabble and to stop the noise when they get too loud! So, amen, to snacks in da house y’all.
There is nothing a child wants more than some time with their parents, so now that they are home, and you (maybe) are working from home. Let them feel your presence. Get on the floor with them, make funny faces, and play those silly games that take you back to your childhood. Some minutes away from adulting will do you some good, it will do all of us some good in this stressful time.
That’s my list done, what other ways can you think of to make this time fun for your kids, we would love to hear from you. Stay safe.