Hello my friends,
Whew, the world has really changed the last couple of weeks. In our best imagination we could never have guessed at what Coronavirus has done to the world.
Here are some tips and tricks I’m using while sequestering with our son and wife and two grandchildren, ages 2 and 5 years.
- Get some rest
- Eat Healthy
- Find a few moments of quiet
- Use Essential Oils
- Drink water
- Ok to indulge a bit with comfort food
- Give and take lots of hugs from family
CHANGE UP TOYS – Recycle the toy box every other week. Put at least half the toys in storage and then recycle them back in and others go out. Toddlers like the rediscovery. Favorite toys are exempt.
INVENT NEW GAMES – Use clean, recycled materials to make new games and toys. See my Goof and Giggle Facebook page for ideas!
IMAGINATION – Play “restaurant in the house” or “campout in the house” or “drive-up fast food” or “movie night.” Create as close to a new “scene” in your home as possible to increase the fun.
NEW SKILLS – I recently taught my 5 year old granddaughter how to stitch a simple doll dress. Little ones can work on new developmental skills. 3-4 year-olds will have fun with homemade play dough, homemade paints and homemade finger paints.
SAND TABLE – Children of all ages love to play and dig in sand, dry beans, rice, water, noodles. Use large bowls or plastic containers for scooping, pouring, and imagination (“I made cupcakes!”). Place a sheet on the floor for easy clean-up. Add in kitchen utensils, small shovels, cups, toys. Hours of play. I have 9-10 year-olds that still love this!
EXPLORE OUTSIDE – Vitamin D from the sun is critical right now. Go outside everyday. It is good for the body and the soul.
FACETIME FAMILY – Connect often with those you love. My grandkids had a Facetime Play Date today and put on costumes for each other. Lots of laughs.
Set a new “normal” – Toddlers thrive on routine. I know everything is different with moms not working or caregivers changing. Set your day first thing in the morning. Time is only spent once.
Set a bed time – It’s sure tempting to let this slip with everyone home. Spend time with bed time stories and prayers and make bed time intentional.
Set a meal time – Toddlers love to help. Find safe ways for them to help in the kitchen while you cook. Mine like to throw veggies into the pot as I prepare soups.
Get dressed…every day (even if it’s in your comfy clothes). I know you don’t want to, but you will feel better and more ready for anything that comes up in the day.
Limit screen time – Enjoy each other face to face. Keep news programs for adults only.
Take advantage of the time you have. Enjoy the family. Do a puzzle. Read a book. Be intentional about each moment. There are 1440 minutes in a day. Spend them wisely. BREATHE 🙂
Blessings and safety to you all. Please feel free to e-mail me anytime or use the comments on the home page.