How crazy is the world right now?! I know this social distancing thing has been hard for a lot of people. Less so for me because I’m a major introvert and having a legit reason to stay home in my pajamas all day is my idea of a good time. Luckily, I had the idea to compile a list of resources for families and we’ve been able to stave off the boredom with some fun activities – most are even educational too!
However, my very extrovert husband misses walking out the front door on a regular basis. I know many, many people can relate. He is thankful for this list because it helps keep his boredom at bay and the kids from climbing the walls. This is pretty accurate to how things are going over here. Also, I’m watching a lot of Frozen lately, so it seems extra appropriate:
THERE IS GOOD IN THE WORLD. AND THEY ARE SHARING THEIR RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES.
I have absolutely loved how humanity has stepped up to help, encourage and support each other. As companies have been extending discounts, free trials, and even giving opening their services to the rest of us for free so many of my amazing friends have been sharing and posting links to these wonderful things. I have been hoarding these things we can do during this crazy, uncharted time worse than toilet paper. Thank you, thank you, thank you, my friends. Please don’t stop!!
(Also, we aren’t really hoarding toilet paper. We just have a lot of bums to clean around here.)
I want to share all these wonderful resources for families that I’ve collected all in one place with every single person who could use them. Because I know that every time I’ve seen a new one, I feel a small wave of relief that my kids won’t have to play plants vs zombies all day for entertainment, a wave of hope that I won’t go crazy with nothing to do in our house with the same 7 people for … however long this lasts. A wave of gratitude and pride for all the awesome humans on Earth.
I hope it makes it easier to find something that can help you and your family navigate this uncertain time a little more easily. I know I don’t have a lot of extra time to sit combing through Facebook posts, searching for “that link I saw”.
I’ve tried to verify most of these for quality, but things are changing fast. I will be updating this list as I can. If you have any problems, you can let me know and I’ll update it.
CLICK TO FIND THE FULL LIST HERE AS A PRINTABLE GOOGLE DOC FILE.
If you would like to share the link, I’d love for you to share the link to this post. I appreciate your support. ♥ But, if you’re more comfortable sharing the link directly to the Google Doc, I’m okay with that too. I just want to help get the resources to those who need them.
THESE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES ARE PERFECT FOR NEWLY HOMESCHOOLING, WORKING FROM HOME, OVERWHELMED PARENTS
With 5 young kids, limited space, inconvenient weather, and my tech support husband trying to manage a workload that has doubled as he’s moved to supporting a large number of online meetings all from our home, I know how frustrating, daunting and stressful this time can be. And I know I’m not the only one feeling overwhelmed with this new “normal” we are now living.
Thankfully, blessedly, we are mostly healthy. But, that leaves me to entertain – or, at least, contain – our large number of children (what were we thinking?! 😉😂) who have never-ending explosive energy and emotions and are mostly stuck indoors while I’m also trying to maintain a semi-unchaotic environment their father can complete his work duties in.
I’m vastly outnumbered: physically, mentally, emotionally. As many of you can relate, I’m sure, it’s been an adjustment we are still trying to manage. There is good in every day, even when that good is bed time; but, I’m tired. I know a lot of you are in similar situations. So, hopefully this list of resources for families can help ease your burden a little.
SHARE THE GOODNESS. HELP SHARE THESE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!
While we may all be separated physically, the coming together, reaching out and sharing of helpful information that has filled my inboxes and news feeds have made me so proud and grateful. Despite the bickering, hostility and malcontent that has been so prevalent, there is so much good in the world.
Help me spread that goodness by sharing these resources for families – both this post and the list – with any of your newly homeschooling, working from home, overwhelmed, frustrated or bored friends and family too!
Stay strong, stay healthy and, as I tell my children all day long, wash your hands with soap and water, my friends. ♥