Fifth day of quarantine and you don’t know what to do with the children? Celia G. Puche, graphic designer and web programmer, points us from the Bambalina Station blog ’70 easy ideas to play with your family at home ‘. In addition, as a mother of 4 children – one of them, a baby – and a teleworker, she tells us some clues to make this exceptional situation more bearable.
Let’s start with the most important thing: Let’s avoid chaos and put order. “Let’s not fall into the mistake of staying in pajamas all day long as it might happen on some Sundays. You have to clean, dress and organize the house; let’s do some sports watching a video and then let’s play! ”, recommends Celia to Traveler.es
In all likelihood, these days you have thrown away the most useful resources, such as make a cake or rescue a board game, but the creativity of the author of Estacion Bambalina goes much further and proposes more entertaining challenges, like folding a movie. To do it, you have to reproduce any scene of any movie without sound and put it, “If the dialogue is a bit absurd, the better,” advises Celia.
Record a radio show, with gathering and musical session included, write your family tree reproducing your family tree as far as you can get with paper and pencil or assemble a cabin, with fabrics and blankets to tell stories and eat snacks, are other fun activities that Celia suggests that the quarantine be as pleasant as possible.
“I am aware that the list falls short, we also include them in housework and then they play a lot of Lego, Playmobil and yes, we pull Netflix,” adds this super mom with a laugh. So, do not feel guilty if your children are spending more hours than usual in front of the screens these days.
Also, if we want to work without a thousand interruptions, that is the star solution, “It’s almost better to put a movie on them and make the most of that time and then be with them and disconnect from work,” says Celia. Another star trick is to relieve yourself with your partner, in case she is also teleworking.
“It’s okay to do things and stay active but it is also important to stop even if we are at home, breathe, look at each other and even get bored ” The graphic designer and web programmer warns us.
And it also invites us to think that: “All this will teach us to stop, to listen to ourselves, to take care of ourselves, to appreciate what we have, to realize how important public goods are (health, science …), to understand that telework is possible in many jobs, to think of others, to value a hug, to consider that otherwise we would not have stopped the emissions, to consume with much more head, to self-regulate with our children after so many hours without interruption… ”
Celia insists: “Reconnecting with yours is necessary. The frenetic rhythm does not let us see and see each other and as much as they have told us or we have heard it, We never take it seriously, until there is no other choice. And it is actually what gives meaning to everything. ”
And for the moments when you have to raise your spirits, there are and there will be, as the usual remedies: Music, dance and sing! And between 70 Bambalina Station ideas, we will find everything, from inventing a song to doing karaoke – whatever microphone you have at hand – going through a choreography with the hottest song of the moment.
Maybe many of you are still in that point where you don’t know if you have to tell the children everything that is happening and how. Celia is clear, especially with regard to the elderly, and specifies: “we have told them normally, they have actually found out at the same time as us, because as my partner and I found out, they heard it, but I always try to be careful to choose the words they hear so as not to alarm them. ”
Finally we have asked: “What will be the first thing you do when we can get back to normal?” And the author of Estacion Bambalina has answered us: “Stay with family and friends and hug!”
And you? Have you already thought about what you are going to do when we can go outside again?