Are you already stressing about what you are going to do with your kids on their “extended spring break” while practicing Social Distancing?
A new routine (or lack there of) is sure to cause some amount of stress in every home. You are not a bad parent because your kids are getting on your nerves or driving you crazy saying they’re bored. There is safety & security in the pattern of our routines, for both children & adults. And when those routines get interrupted, everyone feels a little less secure.
Grace & planning are going to be your friends during this time. Give yourself, & everyone around you, the grace of time to figure things out. Things won’t be perfect on the first day.
Sit down together and make a plan. Take some time to hear each person’s concerns & fears and address them. If your child’s biggest concern is missing friends, consider giving them a certain amount of facetime to stay connected.
Spend some time clarifying expectations. Establish some structure to your days by setting specific times to read, play games, study, do a craft project, watch TV, eat lunch. Maybe even make a schedule to put on the fridge. This way everyone knows what to expect & you can find new security in new patterns & routine.
Maybe specific times sounds too restrictive for your household. Then don’t assign times but make a list of say 3 things we want to do today. We want to complete homework, make lunch together & read a book. Then have a reward at the end if they all get accomplished that day. Make it work for your household & the people in it.
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