At the moment, there isn’t much you can do when it comes to staying at home. Most of the world is in lockdown performing home-based workouts to keep fit. Aside from waiting for more advice, we have to stick it out and try and stay sane.
For parents, this is easier to say than it is to do because kids are bundles of energy. They want to keep going until it’s time for bed, yet there aren’t many activities available. Your kids could slowly lose motivation, and the habit may stick with them for the long term.
Therefore, it’s essential to plan for the future and get them out of the house when the time arrives. Here are some tips if your children are stubborn and want to stay locked down.
Give Them Regular Reminders
Although the Coronavirus pandemic is a horrible experience, the day when everyone gets to see their family again is a silver lining. The same goes for the kids because they are probably missing their grandparents, aunts and uncles, and friends. So, remind them that when it’s safe to do it, you’ll drive round to their houses and spend time together. The anticipation and excitement will mean that they annoy you about it rather than the other way around!
Tell Them The Plan
As a Mom, it’s tempting to tell your children what to do and expect them to follow your orders. Sure, this is a necessary evil sometimes because children don’t always play ball. However, mostly, it’s going to increase the chances of them asking awkward questions. Plus, kids hate authority, and they’ll gladly do the opposite because they can! Therefore, a smart move is to tell them about the plan and ask for their opinions. By being involved in the process, they’re less likely to put up resistance.
Buy New Clothes
The past few weeks have been full of days where you and the kids never change from your pajamas. Don’t worry – nobody is judging you! Instead, you can use this to your advantage by buying them new clothes. Although children love their PJs, they also enjoy dressing up as their favorite Disney character. All you require is a packet of Disney socks to get them excited about putting on clothes and leaving the house. Of course, you can go a step further and let them wear a costume or superhero outfit. Whatever pushes them out of the front door!
Make The Day Out Fun
You’ll have tons of errands to run when the lockdown is finally over. Unfortunately, grown-up jobs don’t fill kids with joy, no matter how important they are. The good news is that you can divide the day into sections to include activities that they will love. You can dedicate the morning to the post office and grocery shopping, for instance, and spend the rest of the day at the park or cinema. Plus, a trade-off teaches the children the importance of compromising.
What will you do when you can leave the house again?!