During this time, it can be really tempting to binge-watch Netflix all day, nap for hours or sleep-in till 11. We’re not sure how long we’ll be stuck at home (fingers crossed were freed soon), so even though full-on relaxation days are tempting, we’re not going to let social distancing ruin our good habits!
Now I know most of us still have our work responsibilities and others may now have to take care of their kids because schools are closed, but we can get more creative than defaulting to extra screen time, right?
Some Not-So-Mindless Activities
Some of these things may sound a little silly for “grown-ups” but this is list is meant to get everyone involved.
- Make a fort. Go big or go home. Building forts was one of my favorite things when I was a kid. Get all the blankets and pillows you can find and build it however you want!
- Bake or cook something together. Kids love feeling included and needed (even if it’s for small little things like measuring out a cup of sugar).
- Make Tik Toks…okay have an open mind. I used to be resistant to making Tik Tok’s too; until I tried. But let me tell you, sometimes the dances go so fast, that I actually start to sweat. So this could be a mini-workout, but also a way to bond with everyone in the family.
- Keep a schedule. This is especially important for younger kids considering we don’t know exactly how long we’ll have a full house. Make sure they’re waking up/going to bed, eating meals, and having “recess” at approximately the same time every day.
- Play board games and build puzzles. Make it a race to win the game or a race to finish the puzzle the fastest. It’ll bring out some competitive spirit and keep everyone entertained for awhile.
These are just a few ways to break up your days so that everyone can do something hands-on and interactive. Screen time is okay, but it shouldn’t be an all-day thing.
Written by GUADS staff member Toni