Here we are, in Early May, being greeted with yet another delay in living a normal life. While some states are slowly trying to resume to ‘normal’ it doesn’t change the fact that the kids are still at home. Have you lost your mind yet? I personally find it impossible to maintain any kind of schedule or routine. Besides doing the dreaded homeschool dance with my kids Monday through Friday, I’ve found that the best thing right now is no routine at all! In my house, we are simply going with the flow.
I have finally found a moment to myself to sit down and write a list for you all on what you can do at home with kids (and yourself) to survive the remaining days of Quarantine life. This can’t possibly go on forever, right?
If you are like me, you lack the motivation right now to do much of anything for yourself. If you hate working out all together, then Yoga is a great introduction for getting you up and moving around. It it also going to make you feel great afterwards! There are plenty of workout DVD’s and Yoga mats on Amazon that aren’t expensive, and even better, this is a great workout to do with kids! If you don’t want to spend any money, try searching Yoga videos on Youtube and follow along that way. All you really need is comfortable clothes and a good space to stretch.
2. Go Outside!
This is going to be the life-saver for those with kids. Kids need to spend time outdoors. Our family has been lucky in the house we are currently renting has a huge fenced in back yard. If you don’t have the yard space for the kids to go out and play, try taking a family walk or bike ride. This treasure hunt game is great option for making the walk or backyard more exciting. Kids like to be constantly engaged in something, and this gives them something to focus on during the otherwise “boring” walk.
3. Family Time
I realize that you are probably rolling your eyes at this one, because it feels like your entire life right now is ‘family time.’ Bear with me! Adults, you need some fun in your life too, and something like playing a game of corn hole outside with the kids might be just what you need. (Bonus: if you have friends over to play, you don’t have to go near each other to play. 6 feet apart!)
A little famly fun outside is probably going to do you a lot more good than sitting around the table playing monopoly. My kids aren’t really the type to sit still, so this is the perfect way to spend some time with them, and have them burn off energy.
4. Movie Night
As bedtime slowly approaches each night, my children become more and more feral. All I want to do is curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and relax. Movie night can be a huge saving grace. With the promise of being able to stay up a little later, my girls are all too happy to curl up on the couch with a favorite movie snack. This kit from Amazon makes the movie night vibe a little more fun, and the kids will love having their own popcorn bucket. (And moms can relax on the couch with their wine while watching Frozen 2 for the hundrenth time).
5. Craft Time
The only way I was able to sit down and write this blog post was thanks to Playdough. Craft time is a great way to pass the time, and not just for the kids. I’ve seen my friends online continuing with crafting hobbies like scrapbooking, cooking and making their own soap! I chose this kid friendly soap kit because during the pandemic, we are constantly washing our hands. Why not make it fun for the kids? They can make their own soap with this kit and then wash their hands with it! I call that a win-win.
6. Self Care
Let’s not forget that mental health is just as important as physical health. Light some candles, pour your favorite drink, and take a bath (or a really long shower). Paint your nails, or do something different with your hair. Do something that makes you feel good again. The kids can get in on this too! Let the kids take a bubble bath and play with toys while you take a moment to yourself. This spa kit on Amazon is a great way to pamper yourself (or mom for Mothers Day!)
7. Just Go With The Flow
There are going to be days where you just don’t want to do anything, and that is okay. Put on your comfy clothes and don’t feel obligated to have to do anything. This isn’t really a normal time in your life. Do the things that make you feel better. Watch your favorite movie, make your favorite foods or read your favorite books. It’s okay to be un-productive.
I made a list of 7 things to mirror the 7 days of the week. You don’t have to do a movie night everynight, but you can! You don’t have to play with your kids everyday (despite what they say), but you can. You can plan one major activity each day, just to make each day a little more special and less boring. And that 7th day? That’s for you. Think of it as your cheat day. The day where you do absolutely nothing, and you are proud of it.
Hang in there! You can do this.