A couple weeks back I didn’t mind the idea of being in lockdown. I have mentioned before that I am a bit of a dreamer (I am Piscean) and had this very fluffy image of the world getting better if we just stopped our lives for 14 days. Everyone would be in the same boat in lockdown. No luxury shopping, perfect weather and forced time out. In reality, today was the very first time I really thought about this properly.
Not only am I trying to deal with my own anxieties and mental disruptions but now I have to organise what we can do with the kids as of next week, until everything goes back to normal, and who really knows when that is going to happen? And will the ‘normal’ we are used to, be the same once this crisis is all over?
It saddens me to think there are so many people affected during this pandemic. In particular, it saddens me that our children (for those who have them) are dealing with so many confusing emotions and for some children, they don’t even know how to express them.
Trust me, I know how hard it is being with our children 24/7, let alone at home in confinement. I know that we are facing a very different scenario from just having the children on school holidays. The idea of not being able to break up the day and take them for a treat such as bowling, movies or for a nice meal. Right now, self-isolation is the most important thing for everyone to keep us all safe.
Now is the time our children need nurturing, quality time but most importantly love and security. Like many other families, I now have the time. No extra pressure from work. No after school commitments. No non-essential appointments. I have no excuse anymore. Now is the time we should be teaching our children good habits and learning to not only take care of ourselves and our loved ones but also learning not to waste resources or take anything for granted.
Right now, we need to be looking after our health and wellbeing and not take it for granted. I am not going to lie, in the last couple weeks, I have consumed a little more food and wine than usual but now I have chosen to deal with these stresses a little differently and look after my health and wellbeing.
Below, Dom, myself and the boys have come up with some ideas on how we can stay connected, entertained and motivated while still doing social distancing.
- Play upbeat music around the house- even have a dance off
- Learn French knitting
- Make friendship bracelets for those you love
- Bowling at home with water bottles
- Soccer- juggling challenge
- Play hand ball
- Pick-up sticks
- Make Paper plane- have a family competition (YouTube have some pretty amazing examples)
- Dance routines
- Make story books
- Sudoku- can even download it on the App Store!
- Board games
- House party (app), trivia nights/ Pictionary
- Create Naughts & Crosses in your backyard for some extra exercise
- Arts and craft
- Drawing tutorials on YouTube – Matteo loves this one!
- Reading time
- Yoga and mindfulness- See my at home aromatherapy tips here!
- Stretching techniques
- Science experiments at home – Google ‘science at home’
- Play hide and seek
- Treasure hunt
- Make PlayDoh- view this recipe here
- Clean out 1 room at a time in the house
- Play dress ups and do a photoshoot
- Use a mirror to draw a self portrait
- Design your own bored game – I did this when I was 12 and won a school competition
- Make homemade pizza
- Uno and card games
- Make up a workout that you can do together
- Make a magic potion – aromatherapy, water, petals
- Create a family timeline- using pictures and milestone events
- Back, foot and or shoulder rub- shop our Pure Fiji Products that are perfect for this activity here
- Have a picnic inside or in your backyard
- Make a bottle rocket
Design a schedule which includes brain food snacks, recess, lunch time, school work, screen time (I’m limiting this time but it also gives me a breather)
Watch a family movie
- Mighty Ducks 1,2 and 3
- Sandlot Kids
- Lion King
- Angry Birds
- Air Bound
- High School Musical
- Hannah Montana
- Back to the Future