Routines are a part of life. Some follow theirs religiously, others not so much. But during quarantining at home, it may be harder than when we have to get to work or school at a certain time. Here are our tips on how to set a quarantine routine for your family and yourself.
This timetable is only an example, feel free to change anything to better accommodate your and your family’s needs, and, of course, take into account the rules set by your government at this time.
It is good to get up early, even if you do not have to get to work by 9 am. Try to wake up before 8, make your bed, get dressed so that you do not roam around in your pajamas all day, and have breakfast. If you have younger children who require more attention, try to get some work in while they are still asleep.
If you have a backyard, go out, get some vitamin D, play some football with the kids, do some yoga, which might be fun for children as well. If you do not have a backyard, still try to go for a brief walk around your block, but avoid crowds and getting too close to people. Try doing some sort of workout in your living room. There are plenty of free online classes or YouTube videos you can check out.
Older kids obviously have to keep up with their online school work – encourage them to get them done while you do your own workload. Smaller children may be harder to work next to – try to get them to draw, play with their toys while you can still keep an eye on them.
Make some lunch, let your kids help if they want to. Sit down together and enjoy your meal as a family.
Clean up after lunch, involve your kids too, so they learn about some chores. The children can have a nap, or older ones can read or watch some TV afterwards. While the kids are relaxing, finish the rest of the cleaning you wanted to do, or if you are done with housework, make sure to relax and unwind a bit yourself before you have to get back to work.
If the kids still have academic work to finish, here is the time for it. They had a chance to rest a bit and freshen up.
Go for another walk if you can, make a dance party with the kids in the living room, do some drawings or other crafts, watch a movie while snuggling on the couch, read a book to them. Spend some quality time together.
Make some dinner, or have some leftovers from lunch. Sit down again as a family, talk about your day, even if you spent it all together. Clean up again afterwards and chill on the couch a bit, play some cards or board games
Get the children all cleaned up, put their PJs on, give them a good night’s kiss, and it is time for bed for them.
After the kids have gone to bed, read a book or watch a movie with your significant other. If you still have some work to do or are more productive at night than in the morning, do that. Take a bath or shower and get to bed, have a good night’s sleep and repeat tomorrow.
Source: Daily News Hungary