These are uncertain times—and as parents, it’s quite a task to maintain normalcy in the house while the world outside the window is anything but normal. You’re inundated with chaos from multiple screens, and it’s hard to escape the 24-hour news cycle. All the while, you’re doing everything you can to keep your kids happy. Even in moments when they’re driving you a little crazier. (Especially then.)
At Literati, we believe whole-heartedly in the magic of literature, but also in the power of the relationships between parents and kids.
So, in case you need them, on this Monday or any day, here are a few reminders to help keep the magic going.
Your kid loves you.
Your world might currently revolve around the pandemic, but their whole world continues to revolve around you. So even when your day-to-day is a little frightening, you have the power to fill their days with love, laughter, and normal routines. The best place to start? Pick up a good book.
They are happy to have you home.
You may not see these results immediately, but studies do show that quality time with Mom & Dad can actually improve behavior. Your kids thrive when you’re home. So when things get messy balancing conference calls with name-calling, try to take a moment to be grateful that you’re all safe and together. In the end, your family will be stronger for this.
Reading is the same thing as learning.
No school? No problem. Children’s books can give your child’s growing brain all the same stimulation that they get from school lessons. Don’t feel the sudden pressure to be a professional teacher. (There’s a reason people have degrees in education!) When they’re reading, they’re learning. And that’s what matters.
Actress Kristen Bell posted this message on instagram from her daughter’s principle:
We couldn’t agree more.
You can’t control everything.
Parents are superheroes, there’s no doubt about that. But you can’t single-handedly save the world from a pandemic. You’re already doing all you can by staying home and following guidelines. Instead of feeling powerless, focus on the things right in front of you. Be there for your family, your kids, your job, yourself. Show up and do your best. You’ve got this.
Remember: you are not alone.
Hundreds of thousands of parents are all in the same trenches as you right now—so if you’re feeling alone, take comfort. And if you’re wishing that you could feel alone in your house of constant people? You take a breath, too. When you’re feeling overwhelmed, try to chat with some other parents in your life. Everyone is in this together!
Some simple ways to maintain normalcy:
Living in a pandemic doesn’t have to be complete pandemonium. How can you keep things running smoothly under your roof?
- Turn off the screens.
At least for a little while. Too much screen time will fog your brain, and too much news leaves you feeling heavy. It’s okay to take breaks.
- Talk to everyone you can.
Facetime, phone calls, the mail man, the grocery store clerk.
- Set an intention for your time.
Time is a precious thing, and we’re fortunate to find ourselves with an abundance at the moment. Put it to use. Teach your kids something new. See an opportunity, not a limitation.
- Get outside!
Take a walk. Bring the stroller if you need to. You’ll all feel better.
- Stick to structure.
Wake up as usual, shower, and get dressed as you would any other day.
- Remember to relax.
Take the time to rest and refill your cup. READ A BOOK. Read twelve.
- Keep your space clean.
Tidy up when you can. It’s proven to help reduce stress. Too many books? Send them our way and we’ll get them to kids in need.
- Create a to-do list.
Checking tasks off a list can be quite cathartic. You can keep it simple if you want — get out of bed, get dressed, feed the dog, keep the kids alive. If you’re feeling bold, you can include projects or hobbies you’ve always wanted to do. Productivity is our favorite cure.
- Try a new recipe!
Experimenting in the kitchen is a delicious way to exercise creativity. Let the kids choose random ingredients from the pantry, and see what you come up with!
- Take it one day at a time.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Tomorrow is a new day.
Literati is here for parents, and we hope that these friendly reminders help to put you at ease. If you are igniting your child’s imagination through books, you’re already getting it right. Remember, when all else fails—keep calm, and read on!
Wondering how Literati is responding to COVID-19? Read that here.
Stay safe and take care!