Ways parents and kids can make the most of being home together

In this “new normal” of working, schooling and socializing from home to stay safe during this pandemic, so much togetherness can make it tough to cope with stressors. Parents can be overwhelmed by financial worries, supporting their families and adapting to changing work settings.

Such situations can be even more challenging when children are required to stay housebound, too. The following tips provide helpful ideas for children to develop independence and creativity at home until they can return to their normal schedules.

Establish a daily routine
Schools provide a structure for children. This helps them orient their day and focus on being productive. To prevent disruptive behavior at home, set standard wake-up times during the week. Establish a daily schedule with a list of activities and try to vary it as much as possible to keep everyone engaged. Make sure to post it where the whole family can see. 

Learn a new game
Traditional card games are always in style and an enjoyable activity where the whole family can participate. Some of the standards you can teach your kids include: War, Crazy 8s, Go Fish and Slapjack. You can also ask your children to pick out a new game that piques their interest and learn together how to play.

Have a dance party
A great way to relieve stress and have fun burning calories is to organize a dance party. Select some favorite tunes and hang out with your kids. You can also make a game out of it, like playing freeze tag: while the music plays, your children dance. When it stops, they have to hold their pose. The first one to move is out.
 
Teach them how to bake
A yummy activity to do together is bake cookies or a cake. Let them pick out the recipe. Show them how to measure ingredients correctly, use cooking and baking utensils, and how to operate the oven safely. Best of all, you get to eat your delicious creation after you’re done.

Work on a puzzle or Complete a puzzle
Puzzles are a fun way to develop problem-solving skills. They can also provide hours of immersion, depending on their complexity, giving you time to focus on your priorities. For younger children, you can teach them by encouraging them to match colors in order to fit the puzzle together.

Help with chores
One day, your kids will be on their own. Instead of having mom, dad or someone else pick up after them, they will have to do it themselves. Now would be the perfect time to get your children involved in chores. Sweeping, cleaning kitchen surfaces, collecting laundry, even helping make meals will keep them occupied while teaching vital life skills.

Source: Navigating Home Life Guide, ComPsych Corp.

GE-3101815 (05/2020) (Exp. 09/2020)