In light of the current environment, you may really need to get accustomed to your kids being at home and coping with all that entails. Here are some more tips to get them to contribute and really help out at home, while also learning valuable skills!
1) Use this as an opportunity to emphasize physical fitness. Make sure they are getting at least an hour or more of physical activity every day. If the weather is good, go outside, and if not, make sure you create an exercise routine with them that they will do. There are many exercise gurus offering free online fitness classes, now that most gyms are closed. Take advantage of these for yourself and your family.
2) We already discussed giving kids chores to do around the house. In addition to just helping you out, it is important for a child to know that he belongs to a family and that he needs to help himself and his family toward the overall improved survival of the whole group. When he helps by making beds, doing laundry or cooking dinner, he is helping to take responsibility for his group, his family, and therefore his own personal security is enhanced as well. Be sure to let him know how much you appreciate his help!
3) Give them more experience selecting what they want to learn. For example, you can let them loose on Smart Bubblegum and see what appeals to them. Try to review the apps that are age-appropriate for them and let them select one or two they want to try out. Make sure they are winning with the new app they select, and that it is fun for them. If one isn’t working out, there are many more to choose from.
Appreciate this rare opportunity to enjoy their company and spend this time together with your family.
Remember, we will get through this. Keep calm and carry on!