Coronavirus – What To Do With the Kids at Home

SO THIS WEEK’S BEEN…DIFFERENT.

It started out fun with spring break and a family trip to New Mexico, but as soon as we arrived, my Lyme flare up got out of control and I spent most of the trip sitting in the car watching the kids play or laying around our rental.

We arrived home last Wednesday and I’ve been using my walker and been bed ridden ever since. That day Trump declared the Coronavirus pandemic a national emergency and my doctor advised my family to self-quarantine.

So with that being said, I know this will pass, but life is just plain hard right now.

HOW’S EVERYONE DOING OUT THERE??

I know I’m not the only one stressing out—so many in the medical field are still having to work even though they are fearful as well. There are parents who don’t know who will watch their kids, and high schoolers worried about graduation. The sick and elderly are at high risk, people can’t get back in the country, and DISNEY WORLD IS CLOSED!

And then I remember:

SO NOW WHAT?

While I can’t fix these problems, I can offer a bit of encouragement:

  • Pray with confidence and hope, not doom and gloom. Trust that the God who created you knows what you need in this moment, and he wants to hear from you.
  • Remember, just like raising kids, everything is a phase–this will pass. Just take it one day at a time. You’ve got this!

1. CREATE A ROUTINE

Make time for what your family needs and write out a basic routine for the kids to follow each day. You can print my template here.

2. HOMESCHOOL, BUT KEEP IT SIMPLE

Pick a few things to do each day. Don’t try to fit them all in so that your kids are stressed out, but stay at a pace where they’re learning without realizing it! If your kid loves worksheets, use them. If not, there are tons of other creative ways to teach.

  • READING: Read books together, work through a chapter book, or have quiet reading time
  • SCIENCE: Take advantage of all the free programs being offered and go on a virtual field trip!
  • SOCIAL STUDIES: Have your kids FaceTime, send texts, and email friends and family
  • WRITING: Decorate and keep a daily journal on what they’re feeling
  • SPELLING: Word search, crossword, have a spelling bee, play scrabble
  • MATH: Play cards, dot to dots, games online, flashcards
  • PE: Get outside, play catch, ride bikes, go on a walk, exercise in the house
  • FINE ARTS: Legos, painting, cooking, learning an instrument, woodworking, crafts

3. SCHEDULE FAMILY TIME

Schedule family time?! But we’re all stuck in the same house!

Family time is about creating intentional moments during the day to connect so that you are present with one another. Create an ongoing movie marathon where you work your way through a series or theme each night or rotate through old board games and puzzles.

4. GIVE EACH OTHER SPACE

In saying that, it’s equally important that you are intentional in taking breaks from each other as well. Have older kids that don’t nap? Schedule a daily “quiet time” where everyone has to play quietly in their rooms with the door closed for an hour.

5. OPEN YOUR BIBLE

Whether it’s as a family, part of your school lessons, or during your quiet time, use this opportunity to dig into your Bible. Don’t have one or not sure how to start studying your Bible? Check out my Bible Series which takes you through the basics. I am also working my way through a Lent study if you’d like to catch up and join me! It’s not too late!

BEFORE YOU GO…

I would also love to hear from you on any fun resources you’ve come across. You can follow me on social media to get even more tips and ideas for living with intention:

You might also like my Ultimate Family Spring Bucket List Printable or my Printable Play Chart for an even simpler method of keeping the kids entertained.

You’ve got this!

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