The pandemic changed the way we did life and we were asked to quarantine ourselves for a while. However, just like in all things, we found some nuggets that were good, lovely, and pure. Spending quality time with family was and is important on any day. But it was especially important at a time when children were fearful about what was happening in the world.
We were forced to slow down and create memories together. We had to find ways to help them feel at ease while also balancing our own mental health. We were making the best out of the time we had with our children at home while still being aware of what was happening outside in the world.
And then 2021 happened. It felt like a continuation of 2020 for a while but we slowly returned to some type of normalcy. Even though the definition of "normal" had changed, we were starting to get back to living while still being aware that things would never be as they were before. There was one thing that many families were adamant about holding on to. We had been spoiled by the quality time we were spending with our families. However, we knew that as the world opened up a bit more, we would have to go out into it and the reality of being "busy" was upon us.
If you've found your way back to "busy", I want to encourage you to carve out time for yourself and your family. Even though you may not have the time you had during quarantine, you can still create fun and engaging memories with those who matter to you the most.
"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou
Here are 5 creative ideas you can use to make this time memorable and family-focused.
Choose a culture to explore and celebrate — If you don’t know much about the history and richness of your culture, this is the perfect time to explore and celebrate it together. Learning about your culture can boost pride in your family and in who they are. Learning about different cultures gives them a sense of what makes us all similar yet unique. We can all learn from each other.
Create a family holiday or tradition — Create your holiday or traditions based on your values and vision as a family. Choose whatever is the most important to you and make it fun.
Create a family game — Maybe your children are super talented at drawing or coloring. Encourage them to draw and color the game pieces for your family board game while you help create the rules. If they are interested in music, create a game where music is at the center. Be creative.
Work out together — Whether it’s in the backyard or the living room, take some time to move together. Buy a jump rope or a hula hoop and channel your 12-year-old self. Search for a workout on YouTube and sweat together in the living room. Put some music on and just dance.
Weekend movie nights — Movie night is common but you can create your own family theater together. On your designated movie night, you get to pick the movie snack and the design of the “movie theater”. Make s’mores, throw a tasty candy and popcorn snack mix together, and press play. Whether the room is filled with laughter or amazement, the fact that you’re laughing and amazed together is special.