These days, many of us might be feeling a little stir-crazy. With many states on varying degrees of lockdown, there aren’t many places to go with your family to get out of the house and enjoy life. If you have children, you’re probably feeling the pinch even harder; keeping them active when they have to stay home can be challenging, especially if you’re the type of parent who’s strict on limiting screen time. However, with a little ingenuity, there are a number of ways you can keep you and your family entertained.
Here are a few ways to mix up your routines as a family for some extra fun:
- Select one night of the week to be a “game night.” Board or card games can appear to both parents and children, and can be a fun way to bond as a family. Designating one night of the week to be your “game night” can not only give your children something to look forward to, but it can also add a bit of a routine for your kids, which is important especially if they’re young. You can also learn something from board and card games both Monopoly and Life can teach your children the value of money.
- Cook a family dinner together. Teaching your children cooking skills early in their lives will go a long way as they ease into adulthood, and cooking a meal with your kids can be a great bonding experience. This is also another way you can incorporate money management into your time with your kids; talk with them about the costs of all the food items needed for the meal you’ll be making, and calculate together how much each serving will cost. You can find plenty of easy, family-friendly recipes on sites like Pinterest and Tasty.
- “Visit” your family and friends through a video chat. In the last several months, video chatting has become the new normal, and apps like FaceTime, Skype, and even Zoom can be a great way to “visit” the family and friends you dearly miss. You can do more than just have a conversation — you can play games like charades or Pictionary, or even download a trivia game app to play for some friendly competition.