Family Activities During Social Distancing

It’s the first day of spring. (And my mom’s birthday! Happy bday mom!) First off, how are you guys doing? I know we all have dramatically different life circumstances, but I truly want to know how you are. Please leave a comment with an update.

Feelings of anxiety and nervousness are likely at an all-time high right now. We are lucky to have some social interaction through the internet. When I start to feel the stress creep in or get a little claustrophobic, I go outside. The air is fresh and clean. Instead of viewing the cup half empty during a time of isolation, I’m trying to look at it half full and make a list of family activities we can do as well as other actions to take.

As we took the boys out to a big field near our house last weekend, I started to think of other activities we could still do during this time.

Family Activities During Social Distancing

  • Go hiking, fishing, or for a bike ride
  • Start a spring garden (assuming you already have tools/supplies on hand)
  • Have picnic lunches with the kids in your backyard or an (empty) park
  • Host mini olympics for your fam in a field
  • Declutter your home
  • Make a scavenger hunt for your kids
  • Draw with sidewalk chalk and write positive messages and drawings for pedestrians
  • Bake cookies
  • If you have someone also under isolation to watch the kids, go on an outside date with a picnic.
  • Make poster board signs with positive messages to put on your fence or in windows
  • Write a years worth of cards and some extras for nice people to send in mail
  • Make your Christmas list
  • Order a new board game online and learn it as a family
  • Try a new home workout or try a new You Tube workout for something you might not be brave enough to do at the gym (like dance fitness or a hip hop class – you should have seen me learning a You Tube Hip Hop class this week – lol!)

Ways to help when you feel helpless:

  • Donate to Feeding America or the PB&J Fund (Cville local)
  • If you’re local to Cville, this site is a great resource for ways to donate both time and money
  • Hand write notes or make photo calls to those who might be feeling lonely
  • Visiting with your elderly neighbors through your fence/porch/window/storm door
  • Buy gift cards to small businesses to help them stretch through

If your kids need extra emotional support:

My friend David Kalergis is a child and family therapist based out of Charleston, South Carolina.  In an effort to support families during this transition of daily life in the home, he has pivoted his sessions to an online face-to-face platform. Using a shared screen, he is engaging children through a number of fun therapeutic lessons, activities, and games to help them be better prepared to deal with the ever changing present. His services are great for both the kiddos AND parents! In addition to providing these lessons, his social media platforms will soon be rolling out free daily information, activity ideas, and 1-minute videos to support families nationwide. Check out his website here and up-and-coming Instagram page here.

Silver linings to this situation:

  • My calendar is totally clear. No appointments = more time.
  • All the reduced travel and remote working means less driving = less gas = better for the planet, if only temporary.
  • We’e all less likely to get any of the other hundred sicknesses that normally go around
  • Hygiene habits might stick around for the long term
  • Follow Upworthy and the Good News Movement. Lots of good happening when it seems like nothing good is happening.