Most schools have sent kids home due to the coronavirus. Being stuck at home with the kids with nothing to do can be frustrating. Kids have lots of energy. It’s one thing to keep them learning and entertained over the weekend and another to do it all day every day.
As a parent, you have to find a way to smoothly transition from only having them over the weekend to being with them every day.
The good thing about kids is that they settle into routines pretty quickly. They are used to it since most schools have a pretty strict routine.
Here are a few tips on how to parent without losing your mind during this health crisis.
Create a schedule for your days
Map out how your days will look like from 8 a.m. to around 4 p.m. If you have to balance time for your kids and you working from home, ensure you make a schedule that will work best for both you and the kids. The schedule should capture time for learning and also time for breaks, just like they do at school.
Dedicate time for play
Once you map out time for studying and meals, map out time for dedicated child play. Playtime is very essential for kids. It is up to you to decide whether or not you want to get involved as they are playing. However, don’t turn them down every time they invite you to join them.
Make a screen-time routine
Screen time includes both television and communication gadgets like phones. We are all aware that the two can be a major distraction. A child can watch TV all day and think it’s just okay. In order to avoid such a scenario, make a screen time routine. Have a specific time when your kids can watch TV or use their phones and other gadgets.
Spend some time with the kids
You will probably not have the chance to spend this much time with your kids so why not take advantage of it? Try setting aside some time for them. It does not matter what you decide to do as long as you do it with them. It could be any indoor activity, cooking or even baking.
Look on the bright side
This period is probably going to be a very formative time for your child. Make it special. Share your childhood stories with the kids and teach them a few things. Most importantly, be compassionate to yourself and to your kids.