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6 Great Ways to Spend Time With Your Family During the Lockdown

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Posted On Sep 12, 2020Lifestyle

If you were ever wondering about how to spend more time with family, well, now you know the answer is a global pandemic. Because as you’re aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced lockdowns in various nations, which means we’re all stuck at home.

As a parent, now is the perfect opportunity for you to reconnect with your spouse and kids to strengthen bonds and even create new ones. This is your chance to not just grow personally but as a unit.

And while in some places the lockdown rules have been relaxed, considering the fact that the number of cases is still going up, I think it is quite possible that there’ll be more waves of complete lockdowns in the coming months.

Regardless, I believe spending time together in quarantine can be fun and enjoyable for all family members when done right. And so, let’s take a look at six stellar ways to spend this time with family in a way that’s productive and fun for everyone.

1. Work as a Team

If you don’t have full-time domestic help at home, you know you have a lot of daily household chores at hand. From washing the dishes and cleaning the bathrooms to doing the laundry and sweeping the whole house, there’s plenty of work to be done daily.

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A simple and efficient way to make daily chores more manageable and fun is to do work as a team and let every member contribute. Now is a good time to start involving children in these grownup activities as it grooms them in the long haul and teaches them responsibilities they’ll someday have to tackle on their own. After all, if they learn from a young age that no work is big or small, they will grow up to be more empathetic individuals.

 

So, getting your children, for instance, to help you with cleaning a wardrobe, organizing their bookshelves, or folding clothes is how you can lead them by example. I strongly believe that these are some important life skills that will help them become organized and disciplined individuals later on in life.

2. Workout Together

Rather than coming out of the lockdown as a plumpy family, why not maintain or even aim to lose a few pounds? However, as much as you want to, you can’t hit the gym. Thus, there’s no better time than now to kick-start a morning (or evening) workout routine in which you can include all family members.

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Daily physical exercise is crucial for your children’s emotional and physical development and also for maintaining your own shape as an adult. So bring everyone together to do some basic exercises like jumping jacks and push-ups. I usually put on some stirring music on the speakers to get everyone pumped up.

 

Besides, it’s hard to keep a level head when stuck inside the house for months on end. In fact, I won’t deny it – it’s especially easy to lose your cool and get on each others’ nerves when locked up together all day every day. And so, maintaining mental health is just as important as physical fitness. Make sure to reserve some time for meditation and relaxing your mind. Sharing both good and bad thoughts with your spouse is key to a healthy mind.

3. Play Board and Video Games

Everyone loves games, and so one of the best ways to spend quality time with family during lockdown is to sit together and play games. Not only do games build a sense of solidarity amongst your family but also are a means to have fun and keep your mind sharp.

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I allocate an hour or two each day for playing games and ensure everyone participates. From classic board games like Monopoly and Sequence to video games on a console, there’s plenty to keep your family engaged and light-hearted. Plus, there’s always card games and if everyone’s up for it – karaoke!

4. Cook as a Crew

Quarantine time is perfect for learning how to cook food that’s more than instant noodles. If your spouse already knows how to cook well, it’s time to help them out in the kitchen and learn hands-on (that’s what I do and she really appreciates a helping hand). If not, there’s always YouTube with countless quick tutorials on cooking healthy yet tasty food.

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And of course, involve your kids in the cooking process even if they’re reluctant to join, as I think cooking is another crucial life skill that’ll serve them well (no pun intended!) in the long run. Even if they’re just present in the kitchen to understand the basic process involved in cooking various foods, it’ll be good for them.

5. Kick Back With Movies

It almost goes without saying that quarantine time is also ideal for catching up on the plethora of movies and TV series’ on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or what have you. Be it a light-hearted comedy or a serious action-packed thriller, watching movies together is a classic way to bond with each other and relax.

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So, grab a tub of popcorn to pass around and assemble to kick back with some movies whenever everyone’s in the mood.

6. Blast From the Past

Well, apart from the full-time job that you’re now working from home, you have all the time in the world to connect with every member of your family.

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So, sit down with your family and discuss childhood memories and experiences and watch how everyone opens up! Don’t hesitate in bringing out childhood or adolescent photo albums of your kids or your own wedding albums.

 

Old photo albums will take you down memory lane and make for great conversations over some snacks. You can share anecdotes from your past with your kids and they can learn some valuable lessons from your mistakes and achievements.

How Lugelo Helps Preserve All These Precious Memories

A few years down the line, when you look back at these precious family time spent together, you want to be able to remember each moment clearly. Using Lugelo, a secure, user-friendly mobile journaling app, you can easily create highly interactive timelines, private journals, blogs, scrapbooks, and stories to record your family’s memories.

 

For example, if you had an amazing lasagna night where everyone came together to cook a scrumptious Italian meal, you can add all the photographs and videos you took of that family moment to create a story that you can then seamlessly share with your loved ones. Check out the screenshots below that illustrate just how easy it is to use Lugelo to preserve your lockdown memories.

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Over to You

In these times of crisis, sticking close to and supporting your loved ones is the only surefire way to stay sane.

 

Family time is essential not just to reinforce bonds, love, and connection, but it will help in coping with boredom, instilling a sense of security, inculcating family value in kids, and more. The benefits for both parents and children include increased happiness, wellbeing, and a sense of belonging, as well as having an impact on children’s life choices and personal development.

 

Thus, as you can see, not venturing out right now may not be such a bad idea after all. Stay indoors, stay safe!