Okay. Schools are closing and the kids are going to be home. Parents are going to be working from home. This unexpected set of circumstances is shocking--to say the least. So what are parents to do? If panic is setting in I have a few suggestions:
Breathe. Take another deep breath. You have the mental capacity to choose your reaction. Your children are watching. Choose a positive reaction to an inconvenient set of circumstances.
Face the upcoming days with optimism. See this temporary slow down as a gift to your family.
Set a schedule for school days. It is comforting for children to know what to expect. Let them know you are going to follow a schedule that includes time for learning, time for working, time for playing and time for resting.Take these coming days as a gift to family life. Here is a list of activities you might want to incorporate into your action plan and add to your schedule:
- Cook a special meal
- Make slime or play dough (recipes on pinterest)
- Build a birdhouse
- Create with legos
- Play board games
- Watch movies/tv shows
- Clean closets or drawers (and donate to local charities)
- Print photos and create scrapbooks
- Call grandparents
- Bathe your pets
- Write letters or create cards and mail them to friends/relatives
- Bake brownies
- Wash your bicycles or toys
- Snuggle up and read together
- Put on fun music and dance
- Take a walk
- Start a puzzle
- Above all--Enjoy this gift of time with your loved ones. We will get through this, so let's all try our best to make the best of this unique situation!