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Mar 20, 2020

Ways to Stay Busy While Social Distancing with Your Kids

It’s likely your child’s school has sent home materials to keep them busy during the COVID-19 school closing, but that may only occupy them for so long during the upcoming weeks. Here are a few tips to keep both you and your kids busy during this time at home together.

Keep Up with Education

First, it’s important to continue with any lessons your child’s teacher has sent home with them. This can seem intimidating for those who aren’t trained to teach school subjects. We’ve come up with a few tips to help you both with this transition:

If you have a white board, it might be useful to create a daily schedule for them. Routine is key when it comes to kids. Having a clear, visual schedule will allow them to look ahead at the day to know what is coming next and what they can look forward to.

Review their work before they do. It’s better to be prepared on what you’re about to go over with your child beforehand. That way, if you’re a little unsure, the internet might be able to help you out.

If your child’s take-home-tasks don’t include every subject, dig into your creative space to think of things in all areas. Bake a cake together to review measuring and mathematical skills while also checking off home economics. Use Pinterest to find safe-for-home science experiments. Encourage imagination and ELA skills by writing your own stories and reading them to each other. 

Incorporating some P.E. time into your day is essential for you both to stay in a positive frame of mind. Go for a walk around your neighborhood (while maintaining a safe distance from others), or if you have access to a work-out streaming program, do a class together! Working off your child’s extra energy and your stress from the day is extremely important, especially if this is going to be your new normal for a while. 

Connect with Friends and Family from Afar

Social distancing is encouraged as a key component to keeping COVID-19 at bay in your home but can take its toll both on you and your child’s psyche. Stay social by utilizing technology to stay connected with friends and family. Let your child video chat with friends they’re missing from school, call grandparents and aunts & uncles. Some teachers are even making themselves available for video conferencing to help with school work (parents, rejoice!). It’s important to stay connected during this time to make sure your loved ones are doing well and to keep your mind busy while spending so much time at home.  

Put More Fun in Your Daily Routine

Play some fun music when your floors need to be swept and beds need to be made. Kids typically don’t love getting involved around the house, but with the right attitude and enthusiasm you may be able to make it fun for them! Find ways to get them interested in the every-day tasks that still need to be done. Assign everyone a small task, like feeding your pets daily or make a timed challenge of matching washed socks. Offer up incentives for helping with additional tasks, like unloading the dishwasher and vacuuming the rugs. Ask them what they’re interested in and go from there. 

Get Outside!

Fresh air can feel like just what the doctor ordered after being in the house for days on end. Go for walks with your family and pets, break out your soccer balls or basketballs and create your own at-home arena. Get your kids interested in the change in seasons by searching for signs of spring popping up through the dirt. While you’re at it, get them to help you rake away fall’s leftover leaves. If you’re getting extra antsy, take a family drive in the car! You never know what you’ll find when you’re not in a hurry and the only destination is the journey itself.

While it may feel like a confusing and stressful time, it’s important to keep your home life as normal as possible, both for you and your family.