Structure, routine, predictability–children thrive on it! (…and adults, really–why do you think change is so hard?) A lot of parents are facing unending days of family togetherness in the near future, and may need some tips on how to cope–especially those parents who do not work with children full time.
Just remind yourself that they will need structure. 2-3 days of unlimited screens may work at first, but then everything has the potential to descend into a Lord of the Flies-esque scenario, and no one wants that. Also–remind yourself that structure doesn’t have to be complicated (e.g., my crazy summer schedule that I still love but that was never followed to a tee).
There is a graphic floating around with a suggested daytime schedule for children, and I really like it. It is general and open-ended, with screen time and no-screen time built in. You can find it here. And you know what, some people say it is too regimented! So, take it for what it’s worth–come up with your own thing–something sustainable and yet still predictable. Write it down, post it, the kids will love checking the schedule for what’s next and keeping everyone on track. I’ll share some more ideas for coping with kids at home in future posts. <3