The COVID-19 pandemic has had drastic impacts on how we work, play, and learn. As a result, many parents have been given the daunting task of being professionally productive while trying to homeschool or otherwise occupy their children. Although 22% of slip and fall accidents result in employees spending more than 31 days away from work, many Americans have been unemployed or working remotely for three times that long. And when children are added into the mix, it’s no wonder that most of us feel overwhelmed.
But whether you’re currently working or you’re furloughed, your main objective is to ensure your kids remain healthy and happy while everyone stays home. And although being a parent is never easy, there are some fairly simple ways to accomplish that goal. Here are just a few tips that will ensure the well-being of your children (and yourself) during these uncertain times.
Put the “Active” in “Activities”
Staying physically active is essential for our health. But when we stay at home to flatten the curve, you and your kiddos might be tempted to spend more time on the couch. Now that the weather is warm, it’s a great time to get outside and play. While playgrounds and community basketball courts are out of the question, you can easily turn your backyard into an obstacle course or go for evening bike rides around the neighborhood for some exercise. If you venture off of your own property, make sure to wear masks, bring hand sanitizer, and stay at least six feet away from others to lower the risk of transmission.
Focus on Homegrown Nutrition
Maintaining a balanced, nutrient-rich diet is one of the best ways to stave off all kinds of diseases. Since the average cost of just one day in a U.S. hospital during 2013 came to $4,293, it’s smart to do everything you can to prevent sickness with proper nutrition. If you have the green space, you might consider starting a vegetable patch. Modern victory gardens have become popular during the pandemic, as they allow people to become less dependent on grocery shopping and have more control over their own food supply. But they’re also a great way to get a lot of essential vitamins and get your kids interested in learning. They’ll be able to observe the life cycle, take responsibility for growing plants, and be exposed to some cooking fundamentals — all of which can aid in their personal development and overall health.
Stick to a Regular Routine
It’s understandable that you might feel as if your world’s been turned upside down. Your kids are probably feeling that way, too. While the classroom provides a lot of necessary structure, trying to learn or work from home can be distracting and unproductive. Although it’s likely that no one will be up to full capacity during this time, you can make it easier for both you and your child to get essential tasks done by establishing a schedule of some sort. Kids especially benefit from having a reliable routine, so try to emulate their school days as much as possible while still providing some wiggle room. You should consider adopting this tactic for your own work if you’re still gainfully employed, as you’ll be able to maintain a better work-life balance.
Make Cleaning More Fun
Chronic sinusitis can easily be treated with a 10- to 14-day course of antibiotics, but there’s currently no treatment or vaccine for the novel coronavirus. As a result, you’ll need to be vigilant about cleanliness within your home. Even if your risk of exposure is minimal, you’ll want to devote some extra time to tidying up and sanitizing. You can make this activity go a lot faster if you get the kids involved — and of course, you’ll want to make it fun. You might make a competition about wiping down commonly used surfaces or having a dance party in the middle of vacuuming. Singing a favorite song during hand-washing can also help everyone look forward to disinfecting. If you’re able to turn cleaning into a game, it’ll feel like less of a chore.
Although children are generally thought to have few serious effects associated with coronavirus, we’re now seeing some more concerning symptoms post-exposure. And even if your child is asymptomatic or hasn’t come into contact with anyone who’s tested positive for COVIID-19, it’s important to do everything within your power to stop the spread. Continuing to stay home as much as possible this summer can be a great way to protect your family and your community. And while you and your little ones shelter in place, these tips can ensure everyone will be as healthy and happy as possible.