Right now, it’s mandatory that we slow down and relax. Staying at home and spending time with family will make all of us reflect and think about what is important.
To help navigate these unfamiliar circumstances and take everyone’s mind off the hourly news updates, we suggest tapping into your creativity. You don’t have to be creative, it’s fun, and may help you and your family see the world in a different way.
I have a nine and fourteen year-old and here’s how we are being creative in our home.
- We brainstormed what things we would like to do over the next few weeks. In ten minutes, we came up with 53 great ideas. Remember that brainstorming is all about generating ideas, so no idea is a bad idea…anything goes.
- We are meal planning and cooking together. We never had the time to do that before. My son and daughter have baked brownies together and want to bake more regularly.
- Each of us are writing in our journals daily. We want to capture how we are feeling and what we are doing each day.
- We set aside time everyday to read.
- We are walking for at least an hour every day. Walking in nature is a great way to recharge, get exercise and appreciate your surroundings.
- We listen to our CD collection (yup we still have them). My kids are interested in learning about The Jackson 5, The Beatles, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. They are interested in what concerts we’ve attended and leads to great discussion.
- We’ve started playing cards after dinner.
- We dug out the Monopoly, backgammon, chess and crib boards.
When you actually have the time to slow down and think about what you would like to do there are loads of ideas. Make lemonade out of lemons.
Stay healthy and be safe.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
From Heather at Skate Helper.