With the whole family at home, juggling work, homeschooling, meals, at-home activities, and more, it's easy to become overwhelmed. Reminding ourselves that this season is a big adjustment for everyone is comforting. Trying to stay calm during the chaos is a process—it doesn't happen overnight—and when we begin to accept this time as a process, we can start to see the positive.
Things To Think About
- How we manage anxiety has a big impact on our kids. For moments when we catch ourselves feeling worried, be aware of our kids being able to pick up on our words and body language.
- Make time for breaks regularly, some on your own and some with the kids. Consider involving movement like tossing a ball or having a pillow fight.
- Limiting our consumption of news as a whole family. Alternatively, share content about nature, baking, crafts or art.
- Keep in touch with the kids' friends, and family, too. Helping them feel less alone and helps them feel close to the people they love. Maybe have their aunt read a bedtime story, or set up virtual play dates with one of their friends.
- Planning ahead is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and our kids. Think about a few scenarios and a plan of action for our mental readiness.