There are both negatives and positives to being stuck at home these days. But one positive is that we are home with our children. During the COVID 19 stay in place orders, there are 5 easy Life Lessons to Teach Kids during lockdown. Let’s jump right in and see the fun things we can do!
Thanks to recent events, parents from all over are doing their best to create some semblance of a school routine while at home. Keeping your kid’s attention, while attempting to continue to teach and cultivate new skills is a challenge.
While guiding them through their textbooks is a must, there are other important life lessons to teach kids during these times.
Life Lessons to Teach Kids During Lockdown
With all the newfound available time, these lessons can be introduced and developed while they’re at home. For those kids with special needs, filling the time with a new routine can be a challenge. Make sure to check out our post on Autism and Coronavirus Quarantine to find ways to keep a routine as well as some extra fun learning activities!
However, finding activities that are not only productive but fun, can help to get through these days of confinement enjoying ourselves at the same time.
First off, if you’re not up on your First Aid skills, take a course yourself to be up-to-date on recommended protocols. Starting with some “serious play” to engage your child’s usually relaxed mind into a learning mode, and then, gently trust your instincts as to how much they can take in.
Start with the basics like applying pressure to a bleeding wound, or putting ice on a swollen injury. From there, teach them about using cold water to burns and pinching nostrils to stop a nosebleed. After that, they can get further knowledge as they can handle it, but it’s a good start.
Spending time in the kitchen and bonding over food is an activity that all ages can enjoy together. Set up a rotation where kids take turns helping to cook dinner, allowing them to put effort into a tangible goal, then reaping the rewards of their labor. It’s also an excellent opportunity to teach the kids the importance of proper nutrition and those foods that are good for them and those not.
If you’re looking for some great meals to try out together, make sure to check out these 10 fun recipes to try as a family while stuck at home!
A great skill to teach kids while they are younger is the use of basic tools and, with much supervision, how to do simple repairs around the house. Doing this helps to foster independence later on and possibly develop into a skill that can become a career if they so desire.
There is a huge opportunity for parents to ensure their kids are learning from more than a textbook. Plus, the practical application of basic tools and how they work is an excellent skill for a parent to pass along to their children.
One tool that many parents do not think of is the sewing machine. Going out to buy clothes can be difficult as many stores do not allow children during these times. Plus, who wants to buy new clothes when we aren’t going anywhere right now! Check out these tips on teaching your child to use a sewing machine to make clothes last longer and promote creativity!
Take up Sports
Golf has now become more of a family sport. Indoor putting greens and golf simulators are all the rage and have helped to spur the development of the sport. Allowing for practice while the inside can not only help to pass the time, it can create a family activity that can be enjoyed for many years to come.
If there is ample room outside, all that’s needed to work on your child’s swing is a youth club and a Wiffle ball – they can be learning the game in no time.
While children and teens need to keep up with their schoolwork during this time, they also need to keep their creativity flowing as well. Choose some crafts for them to do for fun and some that will help them to learn.
Vision boards can be a good activity for older kids and teens with boards for hopes, dreams, desires, hobbies, and goals all made with visual representations. Pictures from magazines can be cut out and pasted on their board to keep inspiration and imagination alive while we are biding our time inside.
These things can remind them, and us as well, those better days are ahead. Maybe choose some places to travel or places they like to go that aren’t available to visit right now.
Life Lessons to Teach Kids During Lockdown
We hope that these five life lessons to teach kids during lockdown have inspired you to spend time with your children. During these tough times, it can be hard to know what to do. If your child is seeming stressed or anxious about these uncertain times, make sure to check out these five simple ways to help your child having anxiety due to COVID 19.