This is without question one of the most difficult times for families right now. If you’re having to parent and homeschool your kids all while working from home, then you deserve some kind of medal!
You might feel like you’re failing at this when everybody else is doing so well, but you’re not. Here, we’ll take a look at how you can keep your family routine alive during COVID-19, with some advice on staying sane thrown in for good measure. Take a look:
Keeping Your Family Routine Alive During COVID-19
Keep Your Morning Routine In Place
Do your best to keep your morning routine in place. Wake up, get dressed, and have breakfast like you usually would if you were going to work or school. This will help your family to enjoy some semblance of normality, even if things don’t feel normal at all.
Don’t be tempted to allow the kids to play video games all morning just so you can have some peace – but also remember that if one day, that’s all you can do, then it’s ok. Don’t beat yourself up for what feels right in the moment.
When it’s time to get some work done, give everybody a designated work station. This could be a space at your kitchen table, or even a separate room. Try not to make it their bedrooms or anywhere there could be a distraction.
Physical activity will give everybody a cognitive boost and put you all in a good mood for the day. Make sure you schedule it in just like you would anything else, even if it’s just a quick walk. The fresh air and exercise will do everybody the world of good.
Make sure you make the most of your evenings as a family. You can spend it reading, watching a movie, or just playing whatever you like.
Try not to worry too much about screen time. All you can do is try to ensure it’s quality as often as possible. There are many apps and sites that can help teach your kids when you’re not feeling up to it, so if this means more screen time, then so be it.
Give your family space just to let ideas flow. Make things and let your imagination run wild. Teaching kids to use their imagination and keep it alive will benefit them in adulthood.
Make plans for now and in the future. You can’t do much right now, but there are certain things you can do. There are bike rides, which can be a lot of fun, or you could order from your favorite restaurant. You could even plan your next vacation for next year. The stories of coronavirus injuries on cruises may scare you, but many places are set to be safe next year.
Sometimes, the path that feels like the least effort to take is the right one. Don’t feel bad for doing what feels right in the moment.