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Making the Best of It

What a gift—together time for you and your family!

As I write this, I am holed up at home, like you, wondering where all this will lead. There’s plenty of doom and gloom around, however, so let’s think about the positive possibilities that our current situation offers. I’m a big believer in the power of positive thinking. Besides what’s the point of worrying? It won’t change anything. So in addition to following the guidelines from our government to slow the spread of the virus, let’s look at opportunities available to us now like never before.

We now have an amazing chance to spend lots of quality time with our families. Sure, electronics are still available, but even video games and TV shows grow boring after a while. Here’s your chance to interact with your family and enjoy old-fashioned fun together. Here are a few ideas:

Play cards and board games.

Go through old photos and create a photo book online.

Clean out drawers and toy chests and make up bags to donate to charity.

Cook together, try new recipes, eat healthy food.

Go to a park and “forest bathe” with your kids. Identify trees, plants, birds, and enjoy the fresh air. Remember social distancing.

Draw and color together. Do crafts.

Write letters to your future selves.

Look at artwork on museum websites and talk about the paintings and sculptures: the colors, the emotions, the stories they tell.

Do puzzles together.

Take a bike ride.

Look for yoga videos for kids and do some downward dogs.

Besides time for your children, you now also have time for YOU! Now’s your chance to get caught up on projects and also enjoy activities you love but usually don’t have time for, like reading, journaling, baking. Here are some additional ideas for making this time of crisis a time that you grow healthier and feel more fulfilled.

Take a bath and luxuriate in the bubbles.

Get plenty of sleep. Most of us are sleep-deprived, so now you can nap when your kids do!

Write an old-fashioned letter to a friend. Lick the stamp and mail it. Your friend will be thrilled.

Find an exercise or yoga video you like and work out while the kids are busy with schoolwork or tasks—or exercise together.

Journal. Start by making a list of 10 things you are grateful for.

Plan a date night and put the kids to bed early or let them watch a movie while you and your partner dine on a romantic dinner by candlelight.

Dance when no one’s watching.

Here’s hoping we’ll see this virus go away soon. Meanwhile, make the best of it. Enjoy family time and don’t forget to wash your hands.

Peggy Sijswerda

Peggy Sijswerda is the editor and co-publisher of Tidewater Family and Tidewater Women magazines. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Old Dominion University and is the author of Still Life with Sierra, a travel memoir. Peggy also freelances for a variety of regional, national, and international magazines.

Website: www.peggysijswerda.com

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