There is no sugar-coating it: 2021 has been a hell of a year. Fortunately, the vaccine rollout and the easing of restrictions have allowed families to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But with more social gatherings and in-person education, many parents and students may still be asked to self-isolate at any given point.
However, this wouldn’t be our first “stay-at-home” rodeo. We’ve juggled work, childcare and home schooling through many lockdowns already and have tried endless strategies to stay sane. So, we have compiled a list of our top recommendations to help you and your kids make the most of self-isolation, if you ever need them again:
Routines and structure can provide children with a sense of normality in the face of uncertainty. Encourage your child to wake up, get dressed and start learning at a consistent time every day. Having a dedicated workspace can help them stay calm and focused. Schedule in a mix of educational and fun activities, as well as regular rest and brain breaks. Remember this is only a guideline – don’t stress if life (or that extra half an hour of videogames) gets in the way.
Exercise is one of the best things we can do for our physical and mental health. Finding the time to get out into the fresh air for a walk or a bike ride will prevent your child from feeling cooped up and do wonders for boosting their mood. If leaving the house isn’t an option, explore what indoor options are available. It could be kid-friendly yoga, a dance routine, or a virtual PE lesson, for example!
Cook Up a Storm
Brain food is an essential for lockdown learning! Keeping a few healthy snacks on hand will help your child refuel and stay focussed throughout the day. And why not include them in the cooking? Plan out some cooking or baking challenges and enjoy assisting your budding chef!
Make Time for Fun
Self-isolating can be a stressful experience, so it is vital to encourage kids to enjoy the things that make them smile. This could be anything from learning a new skill, like knitting or painting, watching a film or playing a board game with the family. In addition to breaking up the day, it will help children to relax and recharge.
Look Up and Ahead
Start making plans for when you your self-isolation is over, so they have something to look forward to. How about booking an outing with a friend for a future playdate? In the meantime, you can also schedule video calls with grandparents or other family members. This helps children stay positive and bring the whole family together!
Isolation can be frustrating and overwhelming. Remember it won’t last forever, you are doing your best and you are not alone. We hope that you have found these tips helpful and if you do need an extra helping hand, try out Cosmico for a fun and personalised learning boost.
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Twinkl Parents. (2021, February 5). Top Tips for a Happier Lockdown. Retrieved from Twinkl: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/blog/top-10-tips-for-a-happier-lockdown