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Quarantine Crafts You Can Do Right Now!

Oh boy, in trying to literally keep up with an actual school curriculum I have managed to include; Music- Piano Practice // PE- Playing Outside // Technology – IPads // Language Arts, Math and more, but one subject was a little left behind, ART!

So here are some free and low-cost ways to keep your kid’s creativity flowing during this extended time at home when they do actually need to get some work done.

FREE IDEAS

LOW-COST IDEAS FROM AMAZON

$7 Keychain Maker | $17 Sprinkle Art

I have two daughters ages 8 and 9 and they are super crafty, they loved these recommendations and hopefully, your minis will too!

Quarantine Craft Ideas

I hope that these were some fresh new ideas for some of you! My girls had never done paper mache!

Your Chick,

Rina

5 Things You Can Do To Survive Quarantine with the Family

I just had a chat with a neighbor whose children are in high school and she mentioned that it’s the elementary age kids that are the most challenging in the time of quarantine.  They can’t be left alone, they are not usually super helpful or understanding, in most cases. In looking ahead, here a few ideas I have for juggling your life with little ones. I work from home, so multi-tasking is about to hit a new level.  My job is very important and non-negotiable. For the in-between moments, I’m gearing up for some together-ness and wanted to share a few ideas on how to pass the time.
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Get Fit

I won’t be going to the gym the way I normally do, so I am planning on some YouTube workouts that we can do together.  Family Time- Done! Workout – Done! It’s a win-win. The game “Just Dance (try it for free here)” also counts for a pretty decent workout, in my opinion, and it is so much fun!

Get Educated

Sonia and I are big on TedTalks (so many of which are kid-friendly) and can be easily accessed on YouTube.  This serves as a quick easy way to learn and engage in fruitful conversations with the littles. Additionally, I have shared my love of Masterclass on the blog.  I would highly recommend the episode with Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, and it was just as fascinating for the kids as it was for me.  I am always amazed and how much I can share with the kids (mine are aged 9 & 8).  Have you checked out TIME for kids yet?  Get on it, it’s a great way to share current events with your kids and learn at the same time.

Get Organized

While I am working, I have requested the kids to start making their way through their spaces in the house.  Bedside drawers, craft cabinets, and toy corners all need attention. I have encouraged them to make a pile for things they are ready to donate and organize what is left.  They love re-discovering things that they forgot about and by doing this they also take a little ownership in knowing what they have. As of this post, I have two bag fulls of toys and clothing ready for drop off at our local IRC office, all set aside by Maya and Veera. Not too long ago I shared tips for organizing your closet, you can see it here.

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Get Culinary

Teaching my kids how to crack an egg, toast a bagel, and make a sandwich has been on my list of things to do. To be honest it has just been easier for me NOT to teach them- less mess, less risk.  Preparing meals together is not only fun, but it’s something they were eager to learn.  We discussed measurements, temperatures, etc. in a way I never had with them before.

Get Scheduled

I sat down with my girls and negotiated things that we each individually need to do each day as well as want to do. Although I will be working my regular schedule remotely (30 hours/week), I plan to use morning and night hours to catch up.  I HIGHLY recommend maintaining a regular sleep schedule for your sanity. Creating something that they can see, I think, is helpful for everyone involved.  I still need to work and so do they, so creating a schedule together can be helpful.

Remember to maintain a sense of humor and things light-hearted around the house, you will get what you give. If all else fails, there is TV and tequila!

I hope you are all well and healthy.  Stay positive and make the most of TIME, it’s our most precious commodity.

Your Chick,
Rina

Anyone Else Addicted To Their Phone?

I’m guilty!  When I am in an airplane, waiting room or Lyft… I’m on my phone. I’m usually checking emails, social media or just surfing the net.  Sometimes it’s a need, but many times it’s just a time pass. So I put myself up to the test of going back to the days where we didn’t have our phones as a distraction.  It was amazing!

Not only did I realize that the emails and texts could wait, but I realized how much I had missed looking down at my phone. Missed eye contact, missed conversation, missed observation of my surroundings.  

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The Human Connection

On a recent flight to San Francisco where I usually relish in the time to recline my seat, open the United app, and watch a movie until I reach my destination. This time, I was determined to strike up a conversation with the person next to me. Fortunately, it was an older woman who I noticed didn’t pull out her phone once….it might have been more difficult with someone who looked like they had no interest in talking. She was enroute to Hawaii for a family reunion.  She had strong a Samoan linage and I loved learning about their culture, food and customs.  Knowledge comes in so many forms, but so much of our learning comes from what we allow ourselves to take in.

Parenting

Distraction with the phone has become a challenge in parenting, as well. I am personally challenged by the accessibility to my phone which creates a constant need to be connected.  Even when I try and walk away from my phone, I reach for it when I remember I need to send that email to the teacher or look up that number for the plumber.  I’ve recently been making an active effort to engage with my family in a more meaningful way and stop worrying about setting up the next play date or signing up for the next summer camp. I want to look at my kids in the eyes, make sure they know I am listening so they feel empowered and valued for their thoughts and ideas.  

Less Phone Time

While I think technology has tremendously improved our quality of life, it comes with some downfalls. Put the phone down…better yet, turn it off….walk away and be present.   Challenge yourself to connect with other people in the most human way possible….eye contact and conversation.  

Your Chick,

Sonia