Here are some ideas of things to do while our lives respond to the changes in our world.
Keep calm. Children learn from our behavior.
Get ready for the day. Even a quick wash up and clean, cozy clothes help us to feel productive and awake.
Complete school assignments, if any, in a designated space together earlier in the day. Don't fret about everything being totally correct or complete. A positive experience is more important than a perfect grade.
Read favorite books out loud while snacking on cookies, crackers, or apple slices.
Watch shows together that your children may not have had the chance to see. Some suggestions: Little House on the Prarie, The Incredible Hulk, The Waltons, and old game shows. Game Show Network and Buzzr have great shows from the past!
Teach skills we often don't have time for anymore. Show your kids how to iron or fold laundry. Take turns planning and cooking a meal with the food you have on hand, switch seasonal clothing out of closets and drawers, or show them how to make a favorite family recipe.
Get out those favorite old family games. Think Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk, or Checkers. We love to play family card games! We play 31 or Knock, Knock, all the time. Maybe teach them an old favorite like Pinochle or Canasta. If you forget the rules, check online.
Keep in touch with elderly friends and relatives. This is important. They are lonely, as they cannot have visitors now. Have your children call Grandma or a favorite neighbor and talk to them. Really talk. The time we spend means so much more to those wonderful people.
Take a virtual museum tour! Travel + Leisure has some listed HERE.
Pray together. For the world leaders, our government, the doctors and nurses, scientists, elderly care workers, and all of us as we maneuver our way through this scary, unprecedented time.