The burning questions for parents all over the world… how do we stay sane during COVID19 quarantine and keep it all together when we’re stuck at home with children and significant others for two weeks, possibly more?
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I’m here to tell you, it will not be easy but there are things to do that will help you get through the next few weeks. This is a must to flatten the curve, I know you’re sick of hearing it but it is totally and completely necessary to quarantine, work from home if you can, and keep kids out of school to stop this nasty thing from spreading so damn fast.
That’s the other thing… before we get to the list of things that will help you to stay sane during CODVID19 Quarantine, people need to listen. This is NOT ABOUT YOU, this is about OTHERS. So, for the love of everyone else, stop being selfish and know that this virus could get you too, and you will then spread it to others that are elderly and immunocompromised.
We can go on and on venting about how there are so many dumbasses out there that don’t think the guidelines by the CDC are for them…. those are the people that are the reason the death rate keeps climbing. Apologies for being blunt, but it’s the honest truth.
So, now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to this amazing list! Now, Amazon is still shipping, some things might be on backorder and take longer to get, but these are totally worth it to keep your kids busy, and yourself sane.
Take advantage of FREE schooling programs
You most likely have children homeschooling for the remainder of the year, with their own teachers. However, since that is not quite the same and you may have “extra” time to fill in, the MN Kindergarten Association has a program that is FREE for children and they have so many learning opportunities.
It is so important to keep those little minds busy and learning continuously, kids THRIVE on learning, and these alternative free programs will make it fun for them while they are home.
Use toys like magnatiles and megablocks
I’ve shared these magnatiles before, everyone knows about them. This is a good of a time as any to buy them. Let your littles use their technical motor skills and imaginations. Our boys LOVE to “build a garage” for their Hotwheels cars. Or even a house, or farm to put their animals and little people in. Get them fast though, a lot of these sets only have a certain number left in stock!
Megablocks might be annoying for you to pick up every day, believe me…. they are for us. They have so many fun sets of megablocks, the latest at our house is a learning set. These are extremely affordable too!
Virtual field trips
This is the coolest thing I’ve seen yet. So it might be “screen time”, but mama…. you need to throw those guidelines out the window for the time being. You need to keep your sanity and a little increased screen time is going to help. Why not LEARN while doing it? Check out these virtual tours of national parks! Ahh!
Get free lunch for the kids
Treat your kids by getting takeout for lunch. There are so many resources in the twin cities to be able to do this. Use this list, you can buy or find free lunches for your kiddos while they are home.
Use free things at home to create activities
Now, I’m not a creative soul. I enjoy purchasing toys and things to have activities and fun things for the kids to kind of do on their own instead of my supervising, setting up, etc. Here’s a list of things you can use at home to do activities with your kids! Cheap, easy, and minimal cleanup/setup! This same site also has a list of 71 activities for kids. 71 THINGS TO DO! You’ll never be bored again!
What about mom and dad?
Well, this is a little more tricky. Parents everywhere are trying to juggle full-time work from home, full-time homeschooling, AND parenting on top of that? It’s a lot, but it’s something we have to do. Tips to help:
If both parents are home, or even after the other does get home for the day, it’s so important to split up the responsibilities and give the other one a break. Take turns to get away from the kids for a few minutes, whether you go work on a puzzle that you’ve been trying to get done for months, or read a few chapters of your favorite book. If you don’t have a puzzle, I’d encourage getting one as soon as possible, they’re going QUICK!!!!! I had trouble finding one recently because most are out of stock already.
So okay, we’re supposed to practice social distancing. And that’s great, but fresh air is going to be essential for everyone to stay sane during COVID19 quarantine. Get outside and go for a walk, have the kids ride their bike and dig out some of those summer toys. I’m seeing so many families out for walks around the neighborhood, it’s great! Just bundle up and don’t get too close to others.
Organize things and stuff
You might not have the time to do this, but if you allow only 10 minutes per day during a lunch break or nap time to organize some things, you’ll be surprised at how much better you’ll feel. I ordered clear totes and plan on taking time during lunch break to organize kids’ clothes! They are all over the place and we need to find clothes that ACTUALLY FIT our children. Anyone else in the same boat?! Clear totes will be to you in less than a week to get started.
Screw screen time guidelines
If that makes you upset like I’m a terrible mother and just “give up” then feel free to exit. BUT…. to keep MY OWN sanity, Disney+ has been a lifesaver.
Granted the only thing we’ve watched is Frozen2 on repeat….. it is still a lifesaver. Youtube had educational videos and songs, and Amazon Prime Video is another good one to have and subscribe to.
Stop worrying and wash your hands
For the latest and greatest info, just go straight to the most reliable TURE information provided to us…. the CDC website.
Basically, the gist of it if you have not heard or are having trouble understanding the true information…..
WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP (use sanitizer only if soap is not available)
We all need to be supportive, and understanding. Practice patience and do your best to enjoy this time home with family. It’s sad that most people are saying how sick of it they are already. It’s time to just sit back, let it pass and move on when we are able. There’s nothing we can do about it right now… it’s here. We’re in it. So, for the love of God, stay home and wash your hands.
It’s that simple.