How To Keep Your Child's Spirits High While At Home
We know that in a time of uncertainty things can feel a little crazy, but one thing that can make a difference in the health and well-being of your family is to make the unpredictable feel normal. We know that as schools continue to evaluate what’s next, families are worried about their children having rich learning opportunities. We urge families to utilize this list of resources that can help provide opportunities to continue learning in this time of uncertainty, and don't forget the majority of learning in a child’s day happens outside of the classroom. Every day, and every moment, is an opportunity for you to be your child’s best teacher and help them experience something new.
Not having a routine can lead to chaos! Create set routines for both you and your child. Naptime, storytime, mealtime, and any other regular activities are great ways to build a foundation around a happy and comfortable day.
GO FOR WALKS
Staying cooped up in your home all day can be tiresome. Take 30-minutes out of your day to walk around the neighborhood or go to the park with your child. Stop and stare at the clouds or let them climb a tree. Fresh air, sunlight, and nature are great for the soul!
SAY “YES” TO SOMETHING USUALLY OFF LIMITS
Every parent has boundaries, no sitting on the counter, no dessert until after dinner, limited television time. While your kids are at home, say “yes” to some off-limit things every so often as a fun treat to keep their spirits high!
START NEW RITUALS AND TRADITIONS
Having something to look forward to is a great way to keep your child excited. While you’re spending more time at home with your kids, create rituals like “Taco Tuesdays” or “Movie Night Sundays”!
ASK YOUR KID TO TEACH YOU SOMETHING
Kids are curious and brilliant and love sharing their passions. Take some time to ask about their interests and have them ‘teach’ you something to keep them engaged. Have them show you how to build legos, tell you about their favorite superheroes, or anything else that sparks their interest!
LET YOUR CHILD OVERHEAR YOU SAYING SOMETHING WONDERFUL ABOUT THEM
If you know your child is nearby, talk about them so they overhear you. “I have the most beautiful child in the world” or “My kid is the funniest and smartest kid I’ve ever known”! These little words of endearment can make your child’s day.
STAY UP LATE TO SEE THE FULL MOON OR STARS
On a beautiful starry night or during a bright full-moon, stay up late with your kid to stare at the sky. Talk about the beauty of the universe or show them cool constellations. Not only is this a fun bonding activity, but it can be used to teach them about science!
MAKE COOKING A FUN ACTIVITY TO DO TOGETHER
Make certain meals into a fun activity you can do together. Make heart-shaped pancakes or bake cookies and let them sprinkle them!
LEAVE MESSAGES FOR EACH OTHER
Put a whiteboard or notepad in their room and leave each other simple notes throughout the day. Ask them how they're doing or tell them a funny joke. This shows them how much you care about them!