Mar 162020

As more TV stations are reporting on the coronavirus outbreak it’s important for families to discuss what’s going on with their children.

Being home for two weeks sounds like plenty of time to make sure everyone understands what’s going on and why places are closing down.

For children in extra-curricular activities, or parents who don’t have the option to work from home, it might seem like the end of the world.

Whether you’re searching for ways to entertain a child or multiple, it’s important to remember the basics: attention, love, and kindness.

It will get stressful indoors with the kids. You might run out of patience, and feel like hiding in a closet just to get time for yourself.

That’s okay. From one introvert to the next, you will have time for yourself.

Why Discuss The Coronavirus Outbreak With Kids

We’ve been watching the news with the kids since our firstborn was a year old. It’s been a great way to help keep them informed and to discuss issues present in today’s society.

As parents, it’s our job to educate kids about the world around them. Whether you decide to use the media or create your own depiction of what’s going on, the important part is getting the point across to those you love.

With kids home for the next two weeks (potentially more), there’s no telling how this will turn out in the long run.

Whether you’ve decided to homeschool your children on their days off from school or to let them rest, you’ll need to stay calm. Do your best to keep things as normal as possible for your family.

For us, normal means a steady schedule and stocking up on the essentials. If you haven’t already done so, create a schedule that works for you and your loved ones. This will come in handy while we wait to hear what’s going on with the coronavirus outbreak.

With the news on the coronavirus outbreak, there's a need to help the kids stay calm and feel like things are still normal. Try this homeschool schedule for multiple children to help guide your week.
Homeschooling is something we did for our firstborn when he was under two.
We kept a similar schedule.

If you compare our homeschool schedule to our everyday schedule, you’ll notice we’re trying to keep them the same for the kids.

The only difference is we’ll be teaching the kids together instead of dropping our oldest off at his elementary school.

Raising multiples can be tough, but our family makes it work.

Our everyday schedule does put the kids to bed early. The reason we do this is to throw in self-care at night. It gives me enough time to focus on myself and the things I’d like to accomplish before the day is through. Also, it allows me enough time to clean up the house before my husband arrives.

We’ve shared thoughts on bedtime routines, and ways we create weekly schedules for our family. These tips come in handy while raising multiple children.

5 Ways To Cope With The Coronavirus Outbreak

Stocking up on essentials is key. For those of us in South Florida, it’s important to note how close we are to hurricane season. Here are five ways you can deal with the news of the virus with your family and friends.

1. Donate what you don’t need.

Sometimes when there’s a panic, people will overstock on items they don’t really need. Instead of going back to the store for a refund, why not give it to someone in need?

Think of shelters who might need supplies for hurricane season or just for everyday use.

2. Wash often and when necessary.

Although many are saying to wash your hands, it’s also a good idea to wash your clothes and yourself as often as possible. Yes, the focus is on the coronavirus outbreak, but there are other things that can be transmitted when large groups of people get together.

After touching objects, like doorknobs and even your phone, you’ll want to wash your hands and these objects as well.

3. Keep you and your loved ones busy.

Whether you have board games or prefer video games, it’s always a good idea to get everyone involved in a little competitive fun. You can always look at the family games available on Amazon.

Our favorite games to play as a family include:
Monopoly;
Checkers;
Connect 4;
Chess;
Battleship;
Dominoes; and
Parcheesi.

4. Make time for the essentials.

Yes, it’s great to relax. However, the kids will be home for over a week. It would be helpful to set up some time for them to work on learning something as well.

Offer them learning materials they can work on their own. Whether it’s learning through play or practicing their math skills, doing so will give you time to tackle things around the house. You can throw in some together time in the kitchen as you prep lunch and/or dinner. BONUS: Great math lesson when you measure out the ingredients.

5. Nourish your body with the good stuff.

For some, it’s all about what you eat, and it is! In fact, the best medicine is food. What you put into your body will reflect how you feel.

Taking vitamins daily as well as consuming the foods that have the nutrients your body needs will protect you from unforeseen illnesses. Protect your children by offering them more fresh foods over processed ones. Use the time together to teach your family about the importance of self-care.

How are you coping with the coronavirus outbreak? Have you discussed it with your kids?

As the news of the coronavirus outbreak continues, it's a good idea to discuss the pandemic with your loved ones. This post highlights ways parents can cope with the coronavirus and plan for the next two weeks at home with the kids.

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.


Reader Comments

  1. I love all these tips. I think the most important one out of all of these is to talk to our kids. With so much information flying around, the kids WILL hear about this, and we want them to have facts, not hysteria.

  2. We’re experiencing information overload at the moment so we’re just trying to filter everything and taking it one day at a time. Much like Tom Hanks! 🙂 Hope you and yours stay healthy during this crazy time.

  3. Thank you for the helpful schedules! My daughter is only in preschool, but I want her to continue with her learning, but don’t want to over do it. She’s headed to kinder next year and I want to stay on top of things!

  4. These are great tips fo dealing with social distancing and school closures. I know having our family all home will make for an interesting few weeks.

  5. Great tips!! I’m glad that my son is older, and already out of the house. It would be interesting to see how this would have worked a few years ago. Perfect info for those that need it, though!

  6. These are definitely going to be trying times. My boys are in preschool and first grade. We just got notice this evening that they are out at least until 4/10 now. We’ve discussed the virus a bit and started some homeschooling today. We will continue this while they are home.

  7. I’m trying to not put too much pressure on myself while I try and “homeschool” my kids. I see it as we are in survival mode. Let’s keep everyone sane and happy!

  8. Thank you for sharing the schedule. It’s so helpful. We have been talking about it with my 3.5 years old too but just a little bit and she seems to get basically what’s going on and is very cooperative.

  9. Great tips and ideas that’s how we have to combat the outbreak positively;
    Thanks for the inspiration to help us doing that and that’s what we need these days. – kncyx journeying

  10. As a parent of two kids like you, we always watched TV news about COVID19 with our kids for them to be informed about what is happening to our surrounding or to world. The goverment declared an early school break because of this issue and my daughter is now a homeschooler since last week. For me to cope about Corona virus, I always educate my kids about it and always reminding them to wash their hands before and after touching their face and eating. We also make a routine for learning, meal time, screen time, playing and bed time so as much possible I make them busy to avoid panicking.

  11. I love the idea of introducing more and more board games to our little ones – just like when we were kids! I completely forgot about Connect 4 but I loved that one growing up. Gotta get one for our fam now!

  12. These are all such great tips and tricks for dealing with this outbreak when you have little ones. Thank you for sharing this information.

  13. This outbreak can get difficult for those with little ones. It’s a time to adjust and get the homeschooling going that perhaps you wanted to do, but afraid? We will get over this, I am sure. Let’s stay safe, taking the necessary precautions.

  14. So helpful right now! We are quarantined and we’re all going crazy. There’s so much YouTube we can give the kids to watch…

  15. LOL we haven’t had much choice but to discuss it! – They are bummed that we’re not in Mexico on vacay this week (canceled at last minute), happy about no school for the interim, bummed that our Girl Scout Cookie Booths are cancelled indefinitely, and definitely we are all adjusting to sharing my “home office” (our living room) all day, every day while Daddy works from home, too! But overall, they’ve adjusted well to my loose homeschooling structure, since I am letting them do lots of learning apps in the morning LOL (they usually get very little screen time, so this is like a treat for them!).

  16. Looks like it’s going to be a very tough time for everyone, I feel sorry for young families that use elders as childcare and will now have to think seriously about that arrangement

  17. Parents have very important role to play in safeguarding their child from COVID19. They need to discuss with their children and make then understand what to do and what not to do.

  18. Great advice for parents whose kids have to stay home. I don’t have any kids and I have been taking vacation time (but I do work with kids and school has been closed), so I been busy with blogging.

  19. We are a homeschool family and we don’t live in fear. My children know about the virus, we do not panic and do not instill fear in our children. These are great tips on how to deal with this situation, thanks for sharing.

  20. My kids are too little to understand, but we’re coping alright. I’ve been battling a lot of fear and anxiety, but I’m trying to stay centered on God’s word. We’re going to get through this!

  21. There are so many parents struggling right now with this change in their lifestyle. I agree having a schedule will help get both parents and kiddos adjusted to their new routine. I do love that you include playing games as part of their day.

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