12 Things To Do While Quarantined Solo Or With Kids Any Day Of The Week
SET A ROUTINE/SCHEDULE:
FAMILIES: BE HONEST/COMMUNICATE!
MAMA’S: SET YOUR BOUNDARIES!
Speaking of working out… go outside!! As somebody who struggles with my mental health I live for the sun to come out. Being around trees, water and fresh air have been proven to aid in the fight against depression (hellooooo, vitamin D). Take advantage of the Spring time and the temperatures changing. Go for a walk with your family, grab some side-walk chalk if you have it, slap on those rollerblades and headphones (you other 90’s baby’s know what’s up), go for a quick run while the kids ride their bikes or go for a bike ride yourself.
If you’re not feeling the workout somedays thats ok too. This weekend to get outside we decided to picnic, and do our homework outside on a blanket (with tons of snacks), and on Sunday we watched a movie on the back porch (with tons of snacks). Just change it up a bit!
Even if you’re in an apartment building, I promise you right now nobody is judging you… go put a blanket down on the nearest patch of grass with a good book (and some snacks). Whatever you do—get outside, get some sun and/or get MOVING!
*Just make sure you’re practicing safe social distancing*
Some days unfortunately won’t be so beautiful outside so we have to get a little creative while we’re cooped up inside. The following are a few things you and/or your kids can do to fulfill your day while stuck inside:
Two weeks ago I was a little lazy with putting my Vision Board away in the right place and my daughter saw it. She asked what it was, so I explained to her what it was, and instantly she asked if it was something she could do too. I had honestly never thought about that previously. We usually do other crafts together like drawing, painting and creating random art-pieces. For the past few months, I’ve been working on my vision board alone while she’s been in school. Why not?! If you think about it, shouldn’t kids have something they strive for in their future as well?! YES! Absolutely. I was blown away by her creation, and mine isn’t even half way glued together yet.
Science experiments and painting this may be a lot more difficult if you don’t have the tools at home already but hey, we have the time— so get creative!!!! The other day we used soap, olive oil, water, pepper, and baking soda and vinegar to do random experiments. You don’t need to be a scientist to know (or to at least Google) what happens when you mix vinegar and baking soda. For kids…. this stuff is cool! Engage with them, ask them what they think will happen AKA: the Hypothesis— I am a Scientists’ daughter, however 😉 Ask them their conclusions— What happened afterwards? My daughter is 7 now but we’ve been doing this since she was at least four!
Let’s face it— none of us are getting our hair done, nails done everything diiiiiid …any time soon. In fact I just had to Youtube “How-to Get-Gel-Nails-Off!” because the one time I get gel for a client I had casted for last month— the job was cancelled. And now they need to come off before I break another one off on the washing-machine door because they’re getting too uncontrollably long.
- Set the mood by lighting some candles
- Create a DIY face mask: we use avocados, cucumbers and honey because they’re always on hand at our house and good for the skin.
- Grab some nail polish, nail clippers, a nail file and a bucket for warm water.
- If you have it, start an essential oil diffusor for relaxing scents and Youtube some nice spa music.
Take turns helping one another apply your face mask and dip your toes in the hot water for 15 minutes each! When you’re done, wipe away your face mask with a warm towel, dry your legs, and then apply some soothing lotion to those piggies. Afterward use your nail-supplies and either apply it for yourself or take turns applying each others. This is such a sweet activity especially for stressed out mama’s and busy daughters during COVID-19!
We love to cook as a family. It’s an easy way to get everyone in the moment and involved while relieving some stress. If cooking with the little ones, allow them to do the easy/safe stuff like spicing and stirring, and don’t forget to turn up the tunes!
MAKE A FORT
Every single household on the planet has something to use to make a killer fort. Help spark your child’s imagination by allowing them to use different items like dining chairs, pillows and blankets to create a little sanctuary for themselves to allow their imaginations to run wild. I let my daughter do her home-schooling in there sometimes because honestly, whatever keeps her motivated to do her work!