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What I have learned during COVID 19

The past few weeks have been stressful, to say the least. School is closed, shelter in place has taken place, it is hard finding groceries and everyone is scared and panicked.

My family’s routine is completely out of whack and there is no structure to our days at home. I spend most days just cleaning the house since we are here making messes all day. I was really finding it hard to see any bright side to this situation until I sat back and looked at the situation from another point of view.

Through the midst of all the stress and uncertainty, I have learned things I may have never know otherwise.

* My kids just want attention

As I was going over my to-do list for the next day, I noticed my son asked my husband about cars. He was curious about how his dad knew so much about cars. My husband then told him he learned by working on them. So for the past week my husband and son have been working on his truck, because it broke down right before shelter in place, and I absolutely love seeing them bond together. My son gets so excited when he learns something new and I can tell it brings my husband joy as well. In the past, my husband would be too tired from working all day and the weekends would always be too busy. Now they have time to spend time together, hopefully, after all this is over with they will still take that time to bond over working on stuff.

I think we get so caught up in life we assume they would rather be playing on their devices, but in reality, they just need a little attention.

There are still nice people out there

Over the past month, I have seen so many people going out of their way to do nice things for others. There are some people placing blessing boxes on their doorstep with essential items for people to pick up. There are others who are doing grocery shopping for the elderly or families with a special needs child. I have seen some delivering meals to special needs families doorstep.

With all this craziness right now, I am glad there is still good in this World. I only wish I was doing more to do my part.

There will always be something to clean

Being in the house for weeks has taught me that I could clean 24 hours a day and there will always be more to clean. I feel like I have wasted time with my family by just focusing on the house. So I have learned that I need to stop worrying about the house being spotless, I mean really who is going to see it, and spend more time with my family.

I miss social interaction

Before this epidemic, I had become a bit of an introvert. I was ordering my groceries online and picking up from my car, I was using Amazon for a lot of my shopping and I spent most weekends at home. Now that is all I CAN do! I miss talking to people, I miss nights out, I miss sitting at a restaurant.

It is funny how a horrible situation can make you change your mind about the way you were living life.

So while this is a horrible experience for all of us, there is good to come from it. Enjoy family time, show people you care, stop obsessing over the small stuff and remember to enjoy life more when this is all over with.

My prayers are with all the families suffering from a loss right now and all who are sick, my heart goes out to you. 

 

 

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Boredom Busters for Teenagers

With the widespread coronavirus pandemic schools have closed, which means our children are stuck at home with us. This is a very troubling time for us, and even more stressful not knowing what we should be doing with our children.

This is different then the summer break kids get at the end of the school year. For one, with the virus spreading we are urged to stay indoors. Which means no Movie Theaters, Zoo outings or any activities outside of our homes. Not to mention the school year is not over, so you want to make sure your child does not lose everything they have learned throughout the year.

There is so much uncertainty right now but all I am certain of is that my 13-year-old will be home a total of three weeks quarantined with me and his sister. That is if they don’t decide to close the schools down for the rest of the year.

So I have compiled a list of things you can do with your teenager at home in this troubling time.

Stay on track of Studies

I have been checking the teacher’s websites for information on what the classes were working on previously to spring break. I also heard the school will send class worksheets soon, so the kids can stay up with their work.

I also found some websites that are helping keep kids learning in this time away from school.

Camp Night Outside

My family always loves to go camping, so why not set up a tent and camp in your backyard. Getting your teen involved in setting up or helping build a fire will help keep them from their devices for a little while. 

One night we had a campout and prepared our whole meal on the fire and surprisingly my son loved it and enjoyed helping the whole time.

Of coarse don’t forget the marshmallows to roast over your fire!

Movie Night

If you can’t make it to the theater, why not turn your living room into one! Make a concession stand with popcorn and candy treats and throw a bunch of blankets on the floor to enjoy some great movie time.

I love a throwback movie night, where I dig through all my old DVDs and find some good ole classic movies to watch.

Game Night

You can never go wrong with a family game night. There is always so much fun to have playing games.

Some of my family favorites are…

  • Monopoly
  • Clue
  • Twister
  • Scene it
  • Family Feud

Get the games and snacks and play all night!

DIY

So my son loves to make fluffy slime, you know with the glue and shaving cream, it is extremely messy but if it gets him off the couch I am all for it.

There are less messy DIYs you can try with your teenager.

  • Bath Bombs
  • Paint Pottery
  • Jewelry
  • Candle making
  • Soap making

Anything hands-on to keep them busy!

Gardening

Its that time of year to start those gardens and you have a free worker at home for three weeks. I love putting my son to work!

He actually likes gardening and planting his own veggies and its great exercise.

Cooking Lessons

While your cooking the millionth meal for your teenager, why not get them involved. Start teaching them how to use the kitchen.

Here are some great beginner meals or snacks.

  • Homemade Pizza
  • Homemade mac and cheese
  • Grilled cheese
  • Homemade Chicken Fingers
  • Lasagna
  • Spaghetti

Have fun in the kitchen!

Read!

Lastly and most importantly keep them reading! Reading is a great way they can keep those brains working.

You can make it a family time as well while you all read together.

Here are some great books for Middle School-aged kiddos.

 

  • Bridge To Terabithia  

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  • Where the Red Fern Grows

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  • A Wrinkle in Time

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  • Tuck Everlasting

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  • Little Women

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  • The Secret Garden

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  • Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets

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I hope some of these suggestions help with getting through these tough weeks ahead. Please stay safe these next few weeks and stay positive! We will get through this together!

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