Staying at home is wise for protection, but it does not have to be a time filled with fear. This can be a time of rest and real connection with your family while staying home to stay safe.
So here are some things that you can do with your kids while staying at home.
Play Board Games, Trivia Games, or Break Out a Puzzle
Playing classic board games or trivia games has been a great pastime for family. Playing games like these can also be a much-needed break from screens; it allows you to look at other people in the room and have discussions while being entertained. This is an activity that gets the whole family involved whether young or old, and it has the tendency to produce cherished memories of family fun and laughter.
Host a Favorite Movie Night
Everyone has a favorite movie, and this is a great time to join together as a family and share together some favorite films. Perhaps each evening one member of the family can choose a favorite film in rotation. Get to know your family even better by seeing what films make their eyes bright with wonder.
Bake Cookies or a Favorite Meal
Getting creative with toppings for pancakes can add giggles to breakfast time, or inventing new concoctions to taste. Adding family recipes can bring a blast from the past, or making new family recipes serve as a gift for generations to come.
There is something about going for a walk, taking in the sights, and looking at the vast sky above to remind us that God is so much greater than any of the worries taking up space in our minds. Show your kids that it's okay to have fun still, it's okay to run and jump and laugh outside. It doesn't do anyone any good to stay in a constant state of worry.
Family Prayer Time
Give your kids a prayer point to talk about, or assign people to pray for that day for young kids. It’s a great way to remind the whole family to be thinking of others, and thinking of others is a great distraction from worry. Each day is a gift from the Lord, no matter what is going on in the world, so let us remain grateful and let us exemplify it for those around us.
Family Bible Study or Devotionals
Perhaps the greatest thing we can do during this time, with most churches not meeting, is to have a family devotional time. Reading a Bible passage, praying for one another, or listening to a sermon together and discussing it will bring your family closer than ever. We can find such comfort in reading God's words to us.
"These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7
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