Mindful activities for parents WFH with kids craving screen time

A mindful list created by parents for parents

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Amid the COVID-19 anxiety and uncertainty, we are all going to, unfortunately, spend more time online. The situation gets more complicated for parents as schools are closed so now we have our children at home craving for more screen time.

This list aim to help other parents like me, reduce our family’s screen time, and more importantly, increase our HUMAN TIME, that quality time we spend together. If you are working from home, make sure family meals are enjoyed without screens

1- Track your children Screen Time.

It’s normal that your kids are spending more screen time, above all if you are working from home. Don’t let this crisis to get the situation out of hands and download this print-ready screen time tracker. It’s free.

No apps required, it’s 100 tech-free!

2- Do a review of your 2020 goals and adjust as needed.  

We are aware these goals might have changed a bit due to the current situation. Take this crisis as an opportunity to adjust them and become stronger.

“Let’s use this valuable time to reconnect with our families and loved ones”

2- Meditate at home.

Meditation can help you overcome any negative situation. Youtube offers thousands of meditation sessions that you can watch and practice. If you are beginner, don’t stress, start with a 5-10 minutes meditation and increase as needed.

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4- Make a list of tech-free activities that you always wanted to start.

This is the perfect moment to do so as, unfortunately, we are all going to spend more screen time. Whether it’s for work, fun or something else, take this moment as an opportunity to set boundaries and rules. Working from home can be very hard if you don’t learn how to disconnect and separate family and work time.

5- Don’t forget about the elderly.

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and your parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors. Remember the elders in you life!⁠ ⁠ When I was creating this post I did a cursory search for stock images using the terms "elders," "seniors," "senior citizens" and even "old people." Guess what: there was hardly anything there. I then did a hashtag search for #supportseniors, #supportseniorcitizens and #supportelders – you guessed it less than 3,000 posts TOTAL on all of Instagram.⁠ ⁠ In the age of "ok boomer" our elders are at risk one being dehumanized, objectified and forgotten. Yes, ageism goes both ways, but imagine experiencing this at the same time you are in a high risk category for contracting COVID-19. ⁠ ⁠ Instagram is huge at this moment in history, but data shows that the vast majority of Instagram users (86.7%) are under 45 years old and only 1.9% of users are over 65. We need to ask ourselves who is being left out of this conversation without resorting to dualism, essentialism and dismissiveness. ⁠ ⁠ That means it is time to call your grandparents, parents, elders and other people in your life who have less tech access. Yes, talking on the phone is awkward, but our ability to do hard things and show compassion are being tested right now. I have faith in you! Ask what the need, offer emotional support, bring groceries, express love, care and value.⁠ ⁠ Social distancing is not emotional distancing. In fact, I prefer to term physical distancing. We can still reach out in more personal ways: especially to people in our lives who are not on social media, but are at the highest risk for isolation, infection and even death from this scary virus. Because loneliness is an epidemic too.⁠ ⁠ #compassionforall #inthistogether #callyourgrandparents #callyour mom #ageism #weallmatter #digitalmindfulnessretreats

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6- Supplement homeschooling has put together a compelling list of resources that can help you navigate this crisis. It includes tools and advice for virtual learning, resources for digital citizenship and well-being and parent support for learning at home.

Stay at home, stay safe.

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