Let me begin by saying, “Welcome Home”. We are all home so we need to stop stressing and change our thinking and say, “I’m too blessed to be stressed!” We had no idea this would happen, but, it did. So first take a gratitude walk through your house. Mine might sound like – “I’m grateful for my children, my husband, the rabbit, for food to eat, a place to sleep, water to drink and bathe in, bath/shower, soap, chairs to sit in” etc, you get the idea. Yes, I’m too blessed to be stressed. When we concentrate on what we do have we will see we have so much to be thankful for, even NOW! After you have done your gratitude walk you are ready to make a plan/schedule for the time you are home. Then get the family together, everybody is needed. Go over the schedule so everyone will know what is expected and the logical consequences that may follow.
Here are a few tips:
- Decide on bedtime if you are changing any times.
- The child/children can sleep late. Rest is needed to keep immune system strong.
- No need to fuss about getting dressed – let them be comfortable.
- Good to have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time each day for consistency.
- Talk to them about their school work requirements.
Schedule could look like this: (Choose any order that works for you)
- Rise and Shine – brush teeth
- Breakfast – Family time: tell each person how thankful you are for them and say, “I love you!!” Pray for your protection. At the table together share what you all are thankful for.
- School work time: What do they want to do first? Can save some for afternoon.
- Read every day – read the Bible together. Psalm 23, Proverbs 3:5-6, John 14:1-3
- AM Snack/ Lunch (Cut back on sugar to keep immune system strong)
- Recess: Take a walk, Ride bikes, Scooter, Play ball. If you can’t go outside put some music on and exercise to the music. Movement is important.
- Creative Time: Make up a play and perform it to the family/play charades – pantomime clues to movies, names, action, bible stories/Make up a song about the virus. Write a poem or short story about how you feel at this time.
- Art time: draw, color, cut out pictures and make a collage. For fun, display the artwork and have an art show for all to see.
- Nap time or quiet time alone time
- Screen time: school work or educational videos/games
- Music videos: Psalty the Song Book, and Steve Green for children are great options.
- Dinner: Cook together: bread is fun. Check out my book: Children are Gifts : Joys in the Kitchen
- Read a book/worship together
Find many ideas for things to do at home in my book, “Children are Gifts: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Gifted, Confident, And Happy Children”. The books for children will be helpful too: Thank You God for My Body. Thank You God for My Food.
Think Happy Thoughts! Be Safe!
You are too Blessed to be Stressed!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart!” Proverbs 3 : 5