Updated: Jan 11, 2021
By Jasmine Rivers @themomwhocould
The world has opened up a bit over the last few months, but as we get deeper into the colder months, we are seeing another spike in Covid-19 cases. This means that we are back to homeschooling and working remotely, and instead of going out for fun, we are forced to entertain ourselves within the confines of our homes. Even the most creative minds run out of ideas sometimes, so here are a few activities that are sure to keep everyone entertained and strengthen the relationship between you and your family.
Teach them how to cook -I’m not sure about you, but reflecting back to cooking breakfast with my grandmother fills me with happiness. Spending time in the kitchen with your children is a sure way to build an amazing bond and shorten your list of things to do. One of the best parts of being an on-the-go mom is the fact that my children are able to make their own sandwiches and prepare snacks. My 10 year old son has gotten so during quarantine that he asked to help me prepare meals. Since I’ve been home with them and not worried about him torching the kitchen, I’ve taught him how to prepare spaghetti, baked salmon, and burgers on the stove.
Create Photo Albums - This seems to go without saying, but how many people do you know that have physical photo albums? I can speak for most millennials in regards to all 1 million of our photos being held hostage on our cellphones, tablets, and computers, I’ve lost and broken many phones, and if it weren’t for social media, my memories would be down the drain. My children and I took a trip to my hometown this past summer and we enjoyed looking at my colorful floral dresses and beaded hairstyles in my grandmother’s photo albums. The nostalgia those moments brought on reminded me that life is precious and nothing is more important than family. Your children will soon grow up, move out and begin lives of their own, but them being able to pull out their photo albums will remind them that they have never been and will never be alone.
Have as much fun as possible - It gets so easy to lay up all day when you aren’t working or completing chores. I certainly am guilty of allowing my kids to stay on their mobile devices so that I could spend as much time to myself as possible, but that gets boring and takes a toll on your mental health. Being attached to YouTube and Tic Tok all day is equally unhealthy for the kids. There are so many ways to get moving, exercise your brain, and enjoy laughs while quarantined. Family games such as Twister, Uno, and Monopoly and trivia games like HangMan and Tic Tac Toe are the perfect games to put your own family spin on. Have fun letting your kids teach you a new game on their PS4/Xbox games, starting a family Youtube channel or exercising together
Being quarantined doesn’t have to be a boring or stressful situation. Unplug from the rest of the world and enjoy your children. They won’t stay young forever!
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