HEALING IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING

PARENT + CAREGIVER 3 DAY SCHEDULE FOR STAYING HOME WITH KIDS.  PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE WITH WHOMEVER MAY BENEFIT.  

HERE IS THE LINK TO PRINT IT FROM MY GOOGLE DRIVE:

 

  • I’m using a sticker reward chart.  Stickers are awarded for chores and good behavior.  When kids receive a total of 5 stickers they will get a ticket.  The tickets can cash something in at the end of 3 days - prize ideas * otter pop, fruit leather, some kind of treat they love. 

 

  • I timed this out based off my kids schedule already and what I think they can handle.  Obviously adjust the timings to fit your life. 

 

  • Remember if your kids are challenging like mine they pride themselves on doing everything to wear you down.  It’s going to be tough, there will be challenges minute by minute but you can do this. ALSO kids are supposed to understand boredom!  Let them understand that it’s OK to be bored so that they have to think of actual ways to entertain themselves… Like we had to do growing up. 

 

  • Allow for fun and play breaks.  Be silly with your kids. Try not to worry too much around them for they can sense it.  I’m feeling this as a BIG opportunity to have them bond and connect with us in ways they will never forget.  This can be amazing if we let it be.  

 

  • If you stick to the plan and let the schedule dictate the rules I’m hoping things should move in your favor. 

 

  • Allow for wiggle room obviously, not just for the kids but for you too.  If you need to go outside and scream and cry into your hands just to let it all out then GO FOR IT.  We have to make sure our energy is solid in order to stay strong for our kids. 

 

 

DAY 1 

 

7- 7:30  - BREAKFAST - -DREAM DOWNLOAD - MORNING CHECK IN

 

  • Connect with kids on stuff you normally wouldn’t.  Ask them things like… What did your dreams tell you last night?  How are you feeling this morning? What are you feeling around this experience? 

  • Finding that the more I ask my kids how they’re feeling about this, they really do have a lot to say and quite a bit of worry. Children have some sense of what’s going on and can very much pick up on our vibes.  Let them chat this out and keep reassuring them that this is temporary and that all their friends are hanging at home doing the same kind of stuff and feeling the same kind of way. The more we talk to the kids about their emotional states, the smoother (I hope) this will go. 


 

7:30 -7:45  MEDITATION / CONNECTION

 

  • Light a candle.  Sit with kids. Put on some meditative music or sounds.  *Bonus - Light palo santo or a little sage- teach them of clearing the energetic space and setting a peaceful vibe for the start of the day. 

  • Have them set their own intention for the day.  EG: Today I want to stay in the moment and practice not screaming at my brother when he annoys me.  

  • Teach them BOX breath.  In through the nose 4 counts - hold 4 counts - out through mouth 4 counts - hold empty 4 counts -  Repeat 7-10 rounds.

  • Sitting still and breathing is impossible for my kids so I turn into story time too - just work on keeping their sympathetic nervous system on chill and practicing their whisper.  I highly recommend meditating along with them. 

  • Have them name and feel into 3 things they are grateful for. 


 

7:45 - 8:15  - GET READY - MORNING CHORES  

 

  • Throw on some fun music.  Brush teeth, pick up bedrooms rooms, make beds, gather laundry.  

  • Spray down surfaces and have kids wipe - (made my own disinfectant with coated silver + water + peppermint oil.  Totally natural bacterial and viral cleaner. Silver by Cymbiotika - the best ever)

  • Encourage dancing during this time - jumping jacks, cartwheels, etc...

  • Wash hands - come up with a silly song to sing to for 20 seconds while washing. 


 

8:15-9:00 am - OUTDOOR WALK

 

  • Take the breath that we just cultivated and bring in more space in the lungs some fresh air.  

  • If it’s raining do some yoga stretches inside.  Have them come up with some of their own 

 

 9 - 9:15   - HEALTHY SNACK + DRINK WATER -  

 

  • This is a good opportunity to work on water intake with your kids.  We all need to drink more water. Maybe some big gulping competitions if your kids are competitive freaks like mine. 

 

9:15-10 -  SCHOOL WORK

 

  • My Kindergartener has assigned homework but there are a bunch of great resources for academic projects for any age gonoodle.com.

  • For my 3 year old I’m going to be doing flash cards and interactive games, bingo, Zingo, Flingo, Shmingo...Clearly I’m REALLY looking forward to that part. 

 

10 AM - ...Yikes - it’s ONLY 10 o’clock!!!! Parents - TAKE A BREATHER and let your kids have free play - set out 4-5 toys for them to choose from - Blocks, crafts, cars, anything that keeps them engaged - Let them know to give you some time to get ready for the next lessons. Tell them they can’t bother you and LET THEM BE BORED. 

 

10:15 -11:15  - ART / CREATION TIME / ACTION

 

  • I have put together a full list of artistic projects and projects around the home that I’ll attach at the end here.  

  • Give your kids a choice of two.  If one chooses one over the other and there’s an issue, just be sure to announce that the next art time, the other will get to choose. 

  • If there’s any LARGER issue that arises them taking turns over a choice let them know that because of that, YOU will be making the choice until they can learn to work together. 

 

1115 - 11:45 - CLEAN UP

 

  • Clean up all the art supplies BY THEMSELVES  - this will allow you time to prep their lunch - you will obviously be cleaning up the lionshare, but try anyway. 

 

11:45 - 12:15  LUNCH

 

12:15 - 12:25 - CLEAN UP

 

-Have your kids help with clean up. 

 

12:25 - 1:45  - REST // PARENT ALONE TIME

 

  • One of mine still naps - this is going to be a challenge to get him down, but I’m committed to keeping this nap in

  • I’m allowing my older kid books to read or he can play educational games on his ipad

  • Whatever the choice, give yourself a breather as the parent and try to shower, meditate, calm yourself down and mentally prep for the second half of the day. 

 

1:45 - 2PM - HEALTHY SNACK + HYDRATE

 

2: - 2:45 - MORE PLAY OUTSIDE

 

  • Go for another walk

  • Find outdoor treasures to bring inside and make a collage or art project with

  • Do jumping jacks, have races, soccer

  • if it’s raining, do some physical activity inside, jumping jacks count off, how many sit ups and push ups can you do?

 

2:45  3:30 -  SCHOOL WORK

 

3:30 - 4:40  - ART / CREATION / ACTION

 

4:40 - 5 - WRAP UP AND CLEAN UP

 

  • Be sure your kids do most of the work here. This will give you time to prep what you want to cook for dinner. 

 

5 - 5:30 - FAMILY FACETIME  // PEN PAL LETTER WRITING. 

 

  • This can be at any time that you schedule so that it’s convenient for you and famiy in other time zones. 

  • FACETIME with family

  • write letters to friends and family to mail out.

  • This will give you time to actually cook. 

 

5:30 - 6:15 - DINNER - DAILY DOWNLOAD

  • I’m going to let me 6 yo journal about the day during dinner to keep up his writing skills.  He loves to write and also has a hard time eating and sitting still so hoping this will be two fold. 

  • Everyone eats together.  

  • We all try one new thing we’ve never tried and be sure to chew it all the way and try not to spit it out.  (if available)

  • Share 3 things you are grateful for. 

  • Everyone participates in cleanup. 

 

6:15-7:30 - NORMAL BEDTIME ROUTINE

 

7:30-8 - BEDTIME 

 

8-10 - YOUR TIME!!! 

 

  • Do whatever makes you feel GOOD.

  • A bath, meditate, a home workout, a call to a friend, checking emails, social, netflix.

  • Try to keep your content light and nourishing.  You are a vessel too so anything that goes into your body (even TV content) will have some effect on your energy.

 

DAY 2

 

7- 7:30  - BREAKFAST - DREAM DOWNLOAD

 

  • Talk about the favorite and not so favorite moments of the day before.  Let your kids tell you what they thought worked and give them constructive advice on how they can try to work on certain things from the previous day. 

 

7:30 -7:45  MEDITATION / CONNECTION

 

  • Light a candle.  Sit with kids. Put on some meditative music or sounds. *Bonus - Light palo santo or a little sage- teach them of clearing the energetic space and setting a peaceful vibe for the start of the day. 

  • Play the “I AM” ALPHABET - Each go around and say empowering I AM statements about ourselves and go in the order of the ABC’s.  EG: I AM AWESOME, I AM BOUNCY, I AM COOL… you get the picture.

  • Name 3 things you are grateful for. 

  • Each set your intention for the day. 

 

7:45 - 8:15  - GET READY - MORNING CHORES  . 

 

8:15-9 am - OUTDOOR WALK

 

9 - 9:15  - HEALTHY SNACK + HYDRATE 

 

9:15-10 -  SCHOOL WORK

  • My Kindergartener has assigned homework but there are a bunch of great resources for academic projects for any age gonoodle.com

  • For my 3 year old I’m going to be doing flash cards and interactive games like counting and Zingo

 

...Yikes - it’s ONLY 10 o’clock!!!! - TAKE A BREATHER

 

10:15 - 11:15 - ART / CREATION / ACTION

 

1115 - 11:45 - CLEAN UP

 

11:45 - 12:15  LUNCH

 

12:15 - 12:25 - CLEAN UP

 

12:25 - 1:45  - REST // PARENT ALONE TIME

 

1:45 - 2PM - HEALTHY SNACK + HYDRATE

 

2: - 2:45 - MORE PLAY OUTSIDE

 

  • Go for another walk. Ride bikes, play catch

  • Find outdoor treasures to bring inside and make a collage or art project with

  • Do jumping jacks, have races, soccer

  • if it’s raining, do some physical activity inside, jumping jacks count off, how many sit ups and push ups can you do?

 

2:45  3:30 -  SCHOOL WORK

 

3:30 - 4:40  - ART / CREATION / ACTION

 

4:40 - 5 - WRAP UP AND CLEAN UP

 

  • Be sure your kids do most of the work here. This will give you time to prep what you want to cook for dinner. 

 

5 - 5:30 - FAMILY FACETIME  // PEN PAL LETTER WRITING. 

 

  • This can be at any time that you schedule so that it’s convenient for you and famiy in other time zones. 

  • FACETIME with family

  • write letters to friends and family to mail out.

  • This will give you time to actually cook. 

 

5:30 - 6:15 - DINNER - DAILY DOWNLOAD

  • I’m going to let me 6 yo journal about the day during dinner to keep up his writing skills.  He loves to write and also has a hard time eating and sitting still so hoping this will be two fold. 

  • Everyone eats together.  

  • We all try one new thing we’ve never tried and be sure to chew it all the way and try not to spit it out.  (if available)

  • Name 3 things you are grateful for. 

  • Everyone participates in cleanup. 

 

6:15-7:30 - NORMAL BEDTIME ROUTINE

 

7:30-8 - BEDTIME 


 

DAY 3

 

7- 7:30  - BREAKFAST - DREAM DOWNLOAD - MORNING CHECK IN

 

  • What worked yesterday, what didn’t.

  • Talk to them about how they’re feeling.  Who do they miss? Is there anyone you can arrange for them to talk to today? 

  • Ask what kind of wish you can make come  true for them (within reason and is easy for you) Have them ask you how to give you a wish. 

 

7:30 -7:45  MEDITATION / CONNECTION

 

  • Light a candle.  Sit with kids. Put on some meditative music or sounds.  *Bonus - Light palo santo or a little sage- teach them of clearing the energetic space and setting a peaceful vibe for the start of the day. 

  • Do a few rounds of box breathing.  

  • Teach them the “Lion’s Breath”.  Deep inhale through the nose then exhale hard out of your mouth and stick your tongue out.  Just google lions breath and you’ll get the picture. The kids love it and me too. And obviously don’t go crazy with breathing on each other if anyone feels sick… DUH

  • Name 3 things you are grateful for.

  • Each set intentions for the day


 

7:45 - 8:15  - GET READY - MORNING CHORES  

 

8:15-9:00 am - OUTDOOR WALK

 

9 - 9:15   - HEALTHY SNACK + DRINK WATER -  

 

9:15-10 -  SCHOOL WORK

 

10 AM - ...Yikes - it’s ONLY 10 o’clock!!!! Parents - TAKE A BREATHER 

 

10:15 -11:15  - ART / CREATION TIME / ACTION

 

11:15 - 11:45 - CLEAN UP

 

  • Clean up all the art supplies BY THEMSELVES  - this will allow you time to prep their lunch - you will obviously be cleaning up the lionshare, but try anyway. 

 

11:45 - 12:15  LUNCH

 

12:15 - 12:25 - CLEAN UP

 

12:25 - 1:45  - REST // PARENT ALONE TIME

 

1:45 - 2PM - HEALTHY SNACK + HYDRATE

 

2: - 2:45 - MORE PLAY OUTSIDE

 

2:45  3:30 -  SCHOOL WORK

 

3:30 - 4:40  - ART / CREATION / ACTION

 

4:40 - 5 - WRAP UP AND CLEAN UP

 

5 - 5:30 - FAMILY FACETIME  // PEN PAL LETTER WRITING. 

 

5:30 - 6:15 - DINNER - DAILY DOWNLOAD

  • I’m going to let me 6 yo journal about the day during dinner to keep up his writing skills.  He loves to write and also has a hard time eating and sitting still so hoping this will be two fold. 

  • Everyone eats together.  

  • We all try one new thing we’ve never tried and be sure to chew it all the way and try not to spit it out.  (if available)

  • Each name 3 things we are grateful for. 

  • Everyone participates in cleanup. 

 

6:15-7:30 - NORMAL BEDTIME ROUTINE

 

7:30-8 - BEDTIME 

 

8-10 - YOUR TIME!!! 


 

ART  + CRAFT IDEAS


 

  • Rock Painting

  • Beading

  • Sewing

  • Loom

  • Knitting

  • Play doh

  • Building and decorating a wind chime

  • Making a leprechaun trap.  My kids did this for school and it turned out amazing

  • Collaging

  • Taking pictures and talking about them

  • Melty beads

  • Water colors

  • Collecting the toilet paper and paper towel rolls and making them into a painted garland

  • Pasta necklaces,

  • Bean collage

  • Origami

  • Make silly animals or sea creatures out of TP and PT rolls

  • Yarn sticks - Find some good sticks and wrap them in colorful yarn

  • Gods eye - yarn and sticks

  • Friendship bracelets

  • Melty beads

 

ACTION IDEAS

 

  • Clean out 2-4 drawers - make space in the house and donate what you don’t need-  SUCH a great opportunity to really clean our spaces and teach our kids the important lessons of letting go of things that we no longer use or need.  AND giving things to people in need.

  • Build hygiene boxes to drop at shelters or anywhere that needs them.  

  • Journal

  • Play some music together.  If you have instruments pick a song you love and pretend you’re starting a band.  Make instruments out of household stuff if you don’t have any. 

  • Re-organize a junk drawer. 

  • Water the house plants

  • Laundry - Folding-  You can make some fun games and play around folding.

  • Teach them how to sweep and vacuum.  I don’t know about you but my kids have had it pretty easy in the chore department.  I want to take this time to really get them into taking care of their own stuff and surroundings. 

  • Look at old photos.  Kids love to see themselves as babies-  Take an hour and watch a bunch of their baby videos on the big screen. Tell them all about their birth and what they were like as babies

  • Outdoor item offering mandala.  Have your kid take a basket and find an even number of anywhere from 5-10 of one item, EG, leaves - rocks - berries - flowers, anything that has fallen naturally and not picked off a plant.  Have them design their own nature offering. You can google this for the idea as well. They are gorgeous and make for great photo memories. 

  • Stacking rocks - meditative and challenging

  • Practice hand and headstands

  • Find some trees to climb

  • Go exploring in the woods or on a hike

  • NATURE

  • Step in the grass (if it’s yours) with bare feet

  • Hide and go seek - CLASSIC

  • Hand clap games

  • Musical Chairs

  • Simon Says

  • Board games

  • Blocks

  • Building a fort

  • Water the house plants

  • Compost!

  • Garden - There are some cool youtube vids that show how easy it is to take general produce and start planting them so they grow.

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