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What Parents Need to Remember About Lockdown

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If you are a parent, you have probably found this year to be a particularly stressful one to have kids during. Of course, everyone has been struggling in their own way this year with the global pandemic, but there are so many ways in which it has been especially tough on parents all over the world. If you are keen to make sure that you are dealing with it as well as possible, there are some essential things that you might want to bear in mind. Let’s take a look at some of the things parents should aim to remember about lockdown, in order to ensure that they are approaching it in the best possible way.

Knowing Your Local Rules

Every area is different, so the main thing to remember is that you need to be aware of the local rules when it comes to the effects of lockdown on your life. In particular, you need to ensure that you are looking out for the rules concerning your kids’ schools, if they are of that age, and anything else which might prove to be relevant – such as any parents’ groups you might usually go to, and whether or not they are likely to be able to meet. The more aware you are about all of this, the more likely it is that you will be sticking to the rules, and avoiding putting yourself or your child in any unnecessary danger.

Preparing Your Child For Post-Lockdown

It is almost time to start thinking about how to get ready for post-covid, or at least post-lockdown. There are many things to think about in this regard. One of the main ones is that you need to make sure you are aware of whether or not they can go back to their normal routines, as we briefly discussed above. But you also need to make sure that they are mentally ready to return, whether they are returning to nursery or school or wherever. The important thing is probably to have some kind of routine in place, so you can support your child as necessary. As long as you do that, it should be a lot easier on the both of you, and everyone else in the household too.

Being Safe & Healthy

Throughout all of it, the most important thing to remember is to try and keep safe and keep yourself and your family as healthy as possible. We know that covid is not necessarily too bad for children, but even so you don’t want to take any risks. And you also don’t want to put yourself in risk of catching the virus and then not being able to fully attend to caring for your child. So make sure that you are taking all of the necessary precautions which we are now all so used to, and you should be able to keep things going fairly smoothly that way. Then it’s just a case of hoping for the best and waiting for the whole pandemic to be over.

4 Ways To Successfully Organize A Fun Family Movie Night In

Family time can either be fun or chaotic, depending on how much you prepare for it. Especially if you have kids around, you will have to factor in activities that will be appealing to all members of the family to engage them. A movie night is one of the more relaxing things to do with the family, and you can make it as enjoyable as you want with the following tips.

  • Pick a family movie ahead of time

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If you want members of your family to be interested in the movie from start to finish, then it should be one that everyone might be interested in. And the best way to do this is to take some time together to pick one. Consider everybody’s interest and choose a movie that meets all the expectations to some extent; after all, no one can have it their way. To make the experience even better, install streaming apps and add ons to your devices to give you access to countless movies for free. Troypoint has some of the best to make streaming movies smooth and stress-free.

  • Add refreshing snacks or meals

It won’t be an enjoyable time without some snacks to go with the movie, so don’t be scared to go all out. Get some creative ideas for a variety of snacks and make it possible for everybody to customize theirs. The old school popcorn works very well (only those above four can have some), especially when it’s glazed. You can take it up a notch and add some pastries or drinks so that it becomes a mini-meal. Also, don’t forget the healthy options and special snacks for those who may have dietary issues. Movie night is the only time that you can eat together in front of the tv, so make it count for everybody.

  • Be comfortable

If you want to prevent fidgeting as much as possible during a good movie, then make sure everybody is as comfortable as possible. You can do this by making sure the couch or whatever you’re sitting on is spacious and soft enough for everyone. If possible, you can let family members create their little comfort zones in front of the tv. Those who will need extra pillows and blankets should get just that so that everyone’s attention will be on the movie and not discomfort. From time to time, you can ask around if everybody is comfortable but not too much that it becomes a distraction.

  • Make it a theme

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This tip works well with the kids because it makes them look forward to movie night. So consider giving them the opportunity to create costumes that they will wear while watching the movie – this makes them invested even before the time comes. It is also a great opportunity for you to combine entertainment with education as they strengthen their creativity skills. That way, they will be glued to the tv, and the chances of moving around are lowered. You can also ask them to help you decorate the viewing area before time so that they can feel like a part of the organisation process.

Lockdown: Keeping Your Relationship Alive

Keeping Your Relationship Alive During LockdownThere’s no denying the fact that lockdown is making things feel pretty bizarre for most of us at the moment. Families are spending more time together than ever, thanks to school closures and isolation measures to protect us all during the coronavirus outbreak, and adult realtionships are being strained in many cases. Between spending 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the same space and the kids being around ALL. THE. TIME, finding time to be intimate is one of the hardest things about “The Current Situation” (as it’s formally known in most households!).

With this in mind, I thought I’d share with you five tips for keeping the spark going in your relationship so that quarantine doesn’t have a negative effect on your intimate life:

Sexting

While whispering sweet nothings might be tricky when you’ve got little ears around all the time (what is with their hearing, as well? They’re like bats, until you mention tidying!), sending your partner a message containing some steamy content is the perfect solution. Install an encrypted app like Signal and reserve it solely for sexting with your other half. As well as helping to build tension, you’ll get a little jolt of excitement every time you see a message from your chosen private app.

Lockdown Lingerie

If you’re aything like us, you’re probably spending most of your time in pyjamas or loungewear, neither of which are known for their sexiness! Why not invest in some sexy lingerie sets from Steamy Genie? Even if you slip them on UNDER your comfies, a glance of something sexy and lacy underneath your flannel P.J.s will let your partner know you’re still thinking about your provate times.

Try to Have a Routine

Okay, so while I’m not suggesting a sex schedule (is there anything less sexy?!), having a proper routine can really help you to find time to be intimate. Lots of the people I know have thrown the normal routine to the wind and the kids are going to bed later, waking up late and not really sticking to any sort of timings. Make sure the kids eat dinner, have a bath and get to bed at a more reasonable time and you’ll find yourselves with much more time to dedicate to each other in the evenings.

Try Something New

I think we can all admit that everything is SO far from normal right now, so instead of bucking against this, why not go with it and try something new during lockdown? We all have those little curiosities that we’ve thought about trying but just haven’t got round to mentioning to our partners – well, there’s never been a better time to try it! Just don’t go TOO crazy, as now is really not the time to end up in A&E with a sex injury!

Tidy Up and Have a Date

We’re all probably quite sick of our surroundings at the moment, and our motivation for housework can be tested when it seems like no sooner do we tidy than the place is a mess again. Work together to get the house back to being spotless and then enjoy the spoils of your labour by having a date night. Cook a meal together, watch a movie and just spend some time enjoying each other, instead of sitting in front of the TV or games console while the other uses their smartphone!