How have you all been coping with having the kids at home 24/7?
The total locked down have been eased. Our lives are now back to normal, or maybe not normal as it used to be anymore.
The new normal
Well, I have been trying to not get overwhelmed with everything so I am just taking things one step at a time especially since I yelled at Ari one time and Tana was trying to do the breathing exercise mechanism for me (something she learned from her cartoon program). You can imagine! When your four years old starts to tell you to take a moment and breath you know you really need to breathe, lol.
So here are a few tips that has helped me in coping with having my little ones around me 24/7
1. HAVE A ROUTINE
Order and routine give young children a safe haven from what they view as an overwhelming and unprecedented world, especially at this period when they are at home all day every day.
I try to keep the same schedule every day like you can't ask to watch cartoons when it is learning time of feeding time. That way things get done more quickly and then we can have
2. SET BOUNDARIES
Set rules and possible implications for breaking such rules even in routines too my little ones know if you sleep on your food, you are not going to be able to play with your toys or watch your favorite program on TV. When you set rules ensure you see it to the end that punishments are meted out should they be broken. PS: withdrawing toys and screen time always works for me so even the small madam always behaves.
3. MAKE THEM RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS/ PROPERTY
By the time I did a full clean house job for two weeks I had to advise myself and I know it was time to get the children involved in taking responsibility.
So the rule goes...
* "If you spill, you wipe". Even my Tilitili Ari runs to get a napkin too when she spills. It might not be perfect but it helps and makes them careful too.
* "If you scatter, you arrange everything back in order". During the day you find all kinds of things on the floor, you have to tiptoe so you don't trip but by bedtime, everything must be picked and kept to its original place (or Maybe not sometimes)
The days I want to run to my village
4. GIVE THEM A BREAK!!!
Sometimes, we forget they are kids and expect them to behave like adults.
Give the children a break.
Just look at Ari sleeping. Body no be firewood
Close your eyes
Practice Tana's therapy.....
Do you feel better now?
Yes, you do (of course she doesn't wait for your response)
PS: some days we get this right, other days we are just there. So it's ok if you are struggling, I am too. We all are.
This might also differ for older children but I'm sure you can find your way around it.
How have you been coping with the kids at home?
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