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7 Benefits of Quarantine

by Sarah Lyons

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Rest and relaxation

Parents are always running errands, managing the calendar, dropping kids here and there, attempting to keep up with chores, all while working. We are a busy society and this busy life can cause exhaustion. Quarantine has given us the chance to reduce the places we need to be on any given day. No commute means we can sleep in. We have more time for leisurely activities that we didn’t have time for in the past such as watching movies, reading, and crafts. Practice self care and do something you enjoy with or without the kids.

 

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Tackling projects

Any homeowner will tell you that home improvement projects are never ending. Quarantine has given families a chance to spruce up their homes. Have you always wanted to repaint your living room? Now is the time. Make a list of home improvement projects you would like to get done and see what you can tackle as a family. This is also a great learning opportunity for the kids as they experience first hand how to do new things and the value of hard work.

Eating at home

Eating at a restaurant is a nice treat but it can also be expensive and unhealthy. Take a break from fast food and cook meals at home. You can choose the ingredients and how the food is prepared which makes it a healthier option. Inviting the kids to help you prepare food is a great life lesson as well.

Teaching

Parents have the unique opportunity to teach their own children during quarantine. Not only do they have a first row seat as their children participate in distance learning online but they also have the chance to teach them life skills while they are at home. Have your kids help with chores like laundry, house cleaning, and yard work. You can also teach them to balance a budget, work on organization skills,and  plan, shop for, and cook meals. Help your kids plan a service project. Pick up groceries for a family who cannot safely go to the store, organize a canned food drive, or simply reach out to people who may feel lonely during quarantine. There are many opportunities to teach your kids lifelong skills during this extra time together.

Extra time at home can be fun and relaxing some days and other days cause anxiety and feelings of loneliness. All of those feelings are normal and acceptable. Talk to your kids about what they are disappointed and sad about in an age appropriate way. Ask them what things have been a hidden blessing about being quarantined. Acknowledging these feelings will help everyone work through the negatives and celebrate the positives in a difficult situation.

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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