A New Normal At Home With Kids Out Of School
The Corona quarantine daily routine will be our new normal for a while. As we begin the first week, of what looks like a long road, of staying home with kids and working (or have a spouse working from home) it is important to set a daily schedule right from the get-go!
Make a New Routine
A daily routine is a healthy and productive way to keep spirits up and emotions in check. It provides stability for the whole family and minimizes surprises with the kids—which will give them a layer of security. Children need to feel safe and secure, and by having and following a daily routine, they will know what will happen next.
Here is an example of our schedule:
7:00-8:00am Wake up, get dressed, eat breakfast
8:00-9:00am Morning walk or run (exercise)
9:00-11:00am School Work (virtual)
11:00-12:00pm Lunch & Chores
12:00-1:00pm Free Time
1:00-3:00pm School Work / Creative Time
3:00-5:00pm Play Outside
6:00-8:00pm Evening Family Time (TV shows, games, etc.)
8:00-9:00 Lights Out
Give Them Choices
We feel more secure when we have a sense of control of our own situation. Give teenagers and preteens the option to make their own daily schedule—as long as it fits within the family’s parameters as a whole. You can offer younger kids many options within certain tasks that you set out. For example, let them pick a craft out of three different options, the type of sandwich they have for lunch, or which route to take on your daily walk.
Keep Them Busy
Aside from all the virtual learning that will soon take place, completing jobs around the house will keep your children filled with purpose. Give them a few simple jobs each day. Let them help you plan the jobs as well. It will be easier to enforce the chores if they help you make the list. A good chore chart will come in handy. Your older kids might remember and have fun with this—since they probably lost the fun chart a while back.
Give Them Hope
Make sure you remind your family that God is in control. Print this prayer out, pray it over your children, and hold it dear to your heart.
Have faith and make this a time your children will remember and refer back to with strength, hope, love, and grace. Also, give yourself a break. The goal is not to have the perfect plan, but to love and make your children feel safe. Here is another good read about cutting yourself some slack:
How can I work from home with kids during the coronavirus pandemic?