Where are you? Take a seat. Then, take a breath. Finally, calm down and compile your thoughts. Do you see the sun shining? Do you hear the birds chirping? Ah, yes! Draw in that hope. Draw in the luminescent light-heartedness. Do not slip into the Coronavirus dumps. Let’s remind ourselves that we have loving family around us. Most of the children in the U.S. will be home for the next month. Love on your precious children. There are so many blessings around us to soak in like the ground-thirsty rain. Take in those blessings, and a rainbow will cover your family in joy.
I know a lot of moms are scrambling to find babysitters for their children so they can go to work. Sit down, think, and re-group. Let your mind eradicate anxiety. Then, assess the situation. Freeing your mind from chaos, you’ll be able to plan and coordinate wisely. Seek out the blessing in this hardship. You’ll find you have beautiful and healthy children to love upon. Everything will work out for good, mamas.
When I heard that schools were closing around the nation, it reminded me of a memory…One night, amidst the countryside in Michigan, the power went out. My dad grasped the oil lamp and sat it on our coffee table. He gently lit it and it began to glow. A family of four sat around nostalgia and talked. Then, my dad decided to read the Bible aloud. His words painted the walls with peace. I felt like we were the characters in “Little House on the Prairie”.
In the middle of slight mayhem, we came together as a family. We bared the brunt of inconvenience and decided to make a “memory night”. So, in this month ahead, bond with your children more than you ever have. First, because they’ll need it in the unwavering world. Second, so they can look back on memory days and nights. In these days ahead, sit around nostalgia. Sit around board games and laughter. Sit around book readings and conversation.
I urge you to look at the luminous side to this Coronavirus gloom. Take this time to reflect and to bond with family. Dust off some board games and a deck of cards.
Here are some fun things you can do at home:
1. Since kids will be out of school for a month or so, download educational apps. There are plenty of apps to choose from such as:
- Quick Math: Basic math and arithmetic game (Grades 1st-6th - Suitable for adults too!)
- Kids World Atlas: Geography app that engages children with activities (Ages 4 and up)
- Spelling Stage: Learn how to spell and you can even create your own character! (Age varies)
- Reading Eggs – Learn to Read: This app includes activities, games, and digital story books to help children read! (Ages 2 to 9)
2. Seriously, dust off those board games! Monopoly, Trouble, Twister, Clue, etc.
- Board games can also be educational!
3. Make crafts with the kids!
- Coffee Filter Flower (www.lookwerelearning.com)
- Paper Fish (www.thecrafttrain.com)
- Paper Plate Rainbow (www.artycraftykids.com)
4. Read a book together as a family – Here are some classics:
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B White
- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
So, go and have some nostalgic and educational fun!
This is Brandy, Signing off. We will get through this together.