Everchanging Mindset on Being Safe at Home
I am not going to lie, I have really struggled during this unprecedented time. Being isolated at home with young children while expecting to work has been very difficult (to say the least). I debated if I was going to write about this (just like my Dear Daughter Letter).
last week I did share how we were doing an easy rainbow craft (which was a total hit). But even if it looks like I have it all together, it hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine here.
There have been moments when I know we are doing the right thing and cherish the little moments. However, then there are moments of just complete exhaustion and being overwhelming (physically & emotionally).
I know that there are millions of people in this same boat. You want to educate your children, be good at your job and still worry about keeping your family healthy.
I have had to take a step back and really think about what I want this secluded time to look like. Especially with children under 5 years old.
How will they remember this time?
What am I doing to help develop them as young children?
How will I stay mentally and physically healthy?
On top of all of that, what will we tell our children? How are we going to help them through this difficult time? I am not trained in this, but there are resources from the healthcare sites that may be able to help you decide how to help your children through this time of isolation.
Ideas (not tips) For Being At Home With Small Children
These are stay-at-home ideas (because I am no expert to provide tips on this new normal we call life).
These are the things I am telling myself or trying to remind myself on a daily basis.
Being home by yourself with young children is HARD!
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1. Point Out the Positive in Your Life
This may be one of the most difficult things we will have to do (if we are lucky). Remembering that we have currently have our health, safe home and all of our needs are being met is something I need to remind myself of EVERY DAY.
There are people out there who would much rather be stuck or we should say: safe at home. If that is you, be thankful, always. We can only imagine the battles that some of our fellow humans are facing every day.
2. You do not have to be perfect!
When I first found out I would be staying home from work with my young children, I tried to make a schedule (which did help a little) and felt I need to be the main entertainer and teacher.
3. Do What is Easiest: It is okay!
We are now trying to have more quiet time, watch more television (thank you Netflix and Amazon Prime) and letting the children explore on their own.
If we do one planned activity a day, then I am proud of myself. I do love art projects and activities and ultimately I feel better when we’re being creative and not being bombarded with all the news out there.
4. Let Kids be Kids (And adults can act like kids, too)
Try new things.
Fall down and get back up.
Laugh just because.
Let it be about the process and not the product.
Let yourself breathe.
Spending time together is hopefully what they will remember.
5. Find time to do something for you (and something you ENJOY)
If you love baking, bake.
If you love creating, make something.
Looking for something to create? Check out this related post: Create DIY Marbled Pots with supplies you may already have!
Again, it does not have to be perfect. It is even therapeutic for me to be writing this.
Related posts about a few easy art projects your family will love exploring and creating together:
6. Create something with your hands: stay busy (sometimes)
Because my son will not really be able to celebrate his upcoming birthday like normally, we were trying to think of ideas we could make to help.
Last year, we have been working on updating our outdoor space. With all this going on and knowing we will be home for the long-haul, we have decided to build a DIY outdoor playset, instead of buying one.
My husband was happy to just being doing something with his hands. He said he couldn’t believe how fast the day went by.
We really hope that it will be done by his birthday and our immediate family can have cake in the treehouse. Not only is this project great for our children, but it has been a huge distraction for my husband and me.
As my husband was building a treehouse, one of my DIY projects was to create a DIY pinata for our family birthday celebration. Not only did it get the kids involved, it saved money and distracted us for all that is around us.
7. Unplug…(I know easier said than done)
Sometimes physical labor or creative endeavors can help you tune out the outside world.
And in this day in time, it is so important to unplug and limit how much technology and news you consume a day.
Stop getting caught in the endless, anxiety-ridden of needing to be up-to-date at all times.
I have tried to limit my news watching the nightly news. While it is hard, try your best to not have the news on in front of young children. We truly do not know the impact that this will have.
What my Children Will Remember (Hopefully)
I am lucky (or not sometimes) because my children are young. Hopefully, this is just a blip on the radar of their history.
I hope that my children will say they don’t remember the pandemic too much, but they remember:
-going for walks every day
-snuggling and watching movies
-sleeping in and wearing their pajamas all day
-getting extra treats (because why not?)
-creating a bond with their siblings
-playing outside as much as possible (so happy with got this jeep for Christmas)
-mom and dad being home more
-mom and day playing more (we love this cooperative game for preschoolers)
-mom and dad giving more hugs, kisses and saying how much we appreciate them
-maybe realizing they haven’t brushed their teeth yet and it is lunchtime (whoops)
-dancing in the living room for no reason
This is what is important.
Hold your loved ones close and know we can get through this stay-at-home time.
It is part of our history now and we get to choose how we react to it. In the end, we will be stronger and able to remember why we want to cherish every moment and live our lives to the fullest.
Please stay healthy and let me know what tips you have for staying home, healthy and sane!