This is scary and weird for us as parents, for our communities, and our kids. As we move into this unsettling moment in time, the biggest gift we can give ourselves is grace and intentional moments of joy. This is a time to be gentle with ourselves, a time to nurture, and a time to grow. Not every moment is going to go as you planned, kids will meltdown and time outs will happen. You are going to get tired. You are going to run out of magic (not permanently though).
In those times where you need someone to tell you where to find your joy, we are here to help. Below are some suggestions for things you can do with your family. Be kind to yourselves out there.
Use your imaginations! Can you have a journey into space or a problem-solving mission? Should you build a pillow fort? An obstacle course outside? We think, yes.
HAVE A DANCE PARTY
Teach your kids about your favorite music and have a dance party. Many artists are doing live performances to dance to. DJ Nice hosted a great party this weekend. We imagine there is more of that coming.
START A VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB
Reach out to your loved ones to start a virtual book club! This is a great way to stay connected with friends and family in a healthy and fun way! Have you checked out TEN’s Library on Slack? Post your recommendations there.
Appreciate and observe the blooming of Spring with your family. Spend time teaching gratitude for nature!
CHECK-IN ON YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY WITH LETTERS
Write thoughtful letters and send them or drop them off to your neighbors! This is a great way to check-in on your community and find ways to help one another!
REVISIT AND SHARE OLD FAVORITES
Look through old home-videos and photos and share them with your friends and family! A trip through memory lane can bring joy to yourself and others!
REACH OUT TO THOSE YOU HAVEN’T SPOKEN TO IN A WHILE
Take some time to check-in on those you haven’t spoken to in a while! They would love to hear from you and letting them know you’re thinking of them will surely brighten their day! Remember that kids need facetime with their friends too!