A lot has changed throughout this past month. Social distancing has become the new norm, which means no more large gatherings such as concerts, sporting events and of course, school. Now, kids are home and looking to parents to help them fill their days and guide their learning. While it can seem overwhelming, if you follow these tips you can keep your kids happy and healthy while they’re learning at home!
Stick to Their School Routine
While home life may feel hectic at times, it’s best to stick as closely to your kids’ usual school routine as possible. That means no hitting the snooze button like we all know kids like to do, especially teens. Write out the schedule somewhere so you can all be on the same page and know what to expect for the day. Having a set routine makes things feel a bit more normal for everyone.
Set Aside Some Screen Time
Screens can be a parent’s best friend. Whether it’s the TV, an iPad or smartphone, it gives your kids something entertaining and sometimes educational to engage with – it also gives parents a well-deserved break. Schedule some time for this throughout the day and let your little one watch some cartoons or your teenager check in on their TikTok. But be sure to keep track, because too much screen time can be counterproductive.
Make sure you take some time to get out and enjoy some fresh air with your kids, while still practicing social distancing of course. Whether that means in your back yard or going for a walk to a park or simply taking the dog for a walk. It lets everyone burn off some energy and get a much-needed break from being cooped up inside. If you do go to a park, be sure to follow the city by-laws currently in place!
Put in Play Time
Having some creative time to play is so important when kids are growing up, and it’s a great addition to your daily schedule at home. Play time helps to develop the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of kids and offers an opportunity to engage with your kids in a fun way.
Remember to Read
Picking up a book is another great way to break up the day with your kids at home. Whether your kid reads on their own or you read a book to them – it offers another way to keep your child engaged in learning and entertained at the same time.
While kids may not be able to see their friends in person, technology means they can connect with their pals online. Try making time each day for your kids to chat with friends whether it’s by video conferencing, texting or talking on the phone. Make time to connect within your own home by focusing on your wellness as a family and talking about how everyone is feeling about what is going on right now.
Having a full house during the day is challenging but also offers an opportunity to come together as a family. There may be some challenges along the way, but if you follow some of these tips you can make the best of social distancing.