The Benefits of Family Time during COVID-19
No matter how you look at it, the last four months have changed our lives in ways no one ever expected. While we were required to shelter in place, we had to find a way to see the positive of it all, especially for our families.
For those of us with kids, this was not easy. It meant there were no more school sponsored activities, sport practices, tournaments, plays, etc. to go to. Did you wonder how to fill your time? During the uncertain times, what was still certain, is that our kids needed a constant. Something they could still count on, and that became our family time.
Family time in our household took on a whole new look. Dinner became a family activity – kids helped plan the meals, cook, and actually clean up after, as well. Theme nights became popular! One of my favorites was a Disney theme where my 13-year-old daughter dressed up as Handy Manny (shockingly we could still remember some of the “we work together now!” lyrics). These lyrics resonate, as that is what it took to make it through the past few months – working together!
Working together to create family time meant we had to be creative and create fun challenges. Quarantine Olympics became a regular event in our house. Games such as the sock slide, social distancing challenge, whipped cream challenge, bean blowing, balloon pop and others were not only a way for us to spend time together and bond, but to have fun and be a little competitive.
While it was not a normal four months for our family, we did find a way to create positive activities. Family “I Spy” neighborhood walks, beach walks, park yoga, and, eventually, local hikes became a time to bond. What was constant was our commitment to family time and connection.
I hope you’ve found the positives of Family Time and new ways to connect and have fun with each other during these past 4 months. I know the opportunity I had to create meaningful connections with my daughters has been a blessing.
Shannon Hazard – Relevé Unlimited Senior Program Manager – Mom to 3 daughters
Jordyn (15 ½), Keira (13), and Devyn (11 ½).