What a difference a day makes! What a difference a month makes! I remember when I first heard of the novel Coronavirus I didn’t think it was anything more than a different strain of the flu. Day by day, and even hour by hour, things changed. Slowly churches began closing. Schools and eventually essential businesses closed too. What was normal for us one day soon changed. With the abrupt changes there have been several concerns voiced by parents. I’m sure their thoughts ranged from “What am I going to do with the children all day?” to “How am I going to teach them?”
On the other side I’ve seen some posts from parents who seem completely miserable about having their children at home. Fortunately, those sorts of posts have been few and far in between. But, I’ve seen enough to know that a few parents feel this way.
So, how do we make the best out of this time while in quarantine? How do we adjust to the new norm for the foreseeable future? How do we love and treat our kids tenderly and not treat them as a burden?
First, talk to your children. We need to make time to talk to them about the new adjustments in their lives. Trust me, your kids are probably missing their friends, the sports they were involved in, their teachers, and more. This is an adjustment for them as much as it is for you. Talk to them before they are exposed to the news, or what their friends tell them. During your conversation you can give them the truth with love. The news outlets are putting out some false information that’s doing a lot more harm than good. Talk to and with them, let them talk to you. Ask them to share any concerns or fears they have. Remind them not to be anxious for anything. Philippians 4:6 “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
Create a routine. More than likely (if you are not a homeschool parent) you are their new teacher and principal. That’s a HUGE job. When they are in school they follow a daily schedule. Why can’t they have that at home? In our home we’ve created a schedule on a poster board displayed in our dining room. On the board below it shows a breakdown of what our days look like. The days aren’t going to go by flawlessly, but it can provide a daily flow. Contrary to popular belief kids enjoy structure. They need it. Keep them on a daily schedule. Adjust it as needed.
My children came up with this poster board, and wrote out the details. Ask your children for their input and feedback on what a feasible schedule looks like for them.
Be patient. As things change daily we deal with it as it comes. Be patient with yourself and with your children.
Be obedient. Be examples to your children. If your city or state is currently shut down due to order from your state governor or another local official you need to obey those orders. Romans 13:1-2 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” As long as the law of the land does not contradict the law of God, we are required to obey the law of this world. As soon as the law of the land contradicts God’s command, we are to disobey the law of the world and obey God’s law. Show your children how to be obedient.
Finally, pray. Prayer should be number one on this list. We need to pray. Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” There are several health officials, government officials, essential business workers and others who are risking their lives daily to protect and treat those affected by this virus. Pray for their salvation, pray for their physical and mental health. Pray that God will get the glory through this entire crisis. Pray that the lost will come to know Him. Pray that the gospel will be shared BOLDY. Don’t let a crisis, a trial and tribulation go to waste. Let’s pray these trials are bringing the lost closer to the Lord.
As always I am here for encouragement. You can always send me an email or a private message. Through this new change I have become a stay at home mom. I take this as a blessing. One that will give me the time I’ve desired with my children. Take care friends.