This was my day at home so far:
8:25 - Giving kids 5 minute warning to start their homework
8:30 - Asking kids nicely to start homework
8:40 - Yelling at kids to start their homework
8:45 - Consoling kids after crying cuz they don’t understand their homework
8:50 - Separating kids after fighting about who gets to sit at what chair on the kitchen table
9:00 - Looking at clock to see how much time is left in the day
9:10 - kids asking if its break time yet
9:15 - 6 year old has melt down because he doesn’t want to rewrite a sentence that wasn’t legible
9:30 - 8 year old erases entire homework document accidentally and cries because of lost work
9:45 - looking at my own screen to see the same sentence I’ve been working on since 7am
10:00 - ...Thinking… Is it ok to have a glass of wine??
Here are some ideas to help pass the time and stay sane during social distancing:
We will get through this. These are challenging times but if you take breaks frequently, and keep busy this will be over before we know it. Have a routine in place. Get some fresh air, play games, bake, set up a marble track (video will be posted soon), clean out closets, junk drawers and the garage or basement. Make homemade pasta or bread. Paint! Tackle home improvement projects or get some yard work done. Give the kids some supplies to build forts out in the yard. Put your rubber boots on and get wet in rain. Find the deepest puddles to splash in. Go for a drive and let the kids do homework in the car. Get take-out and eat at a park. Watch movies, read books, learn something, watch videos and find a new hobby. Hike, walk, run, create a new at-home exercise routine. There are amazing videos online for workouts. Put on music really loud and dance around the house. Listen to music while you clean. Have zoom happy hours with your friends and family. Do whatever you can to stay busy, stay sane and get through this. We are all in this together! We can do it!
Any other suggestions? Lets us know what you've been doing in the comments below.
Desirae Haluk is passionate about marketing for startups and small businesses. For the last 15 years she has held marketing executive positions for organizations both large and small. She realizes that her true passion is helping establish, grow and evolve startups and small businesses to make them successful and help achieve their goals.