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Top 10 Ways to Shelter in Place

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It’s week 3 of shelter in place in our household. Only one parent gets to “escape” for work and things can get monotonous for us. Here’s our favorite fun “Shelter in Place” ideas to create some fun and keep the family happy:

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[fusion_dropcap boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”” class=”” id=”” color=”” text_color=””]1[/fusion_dropcap]Show affection. Obviously a back rub and hug go along way but if you can’t physically touch someone in the household – try air kisses, jazz hands, silly faces, winks, or smiles.

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[fusion_dropcap boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”” class=”” id=”” color=”” text_color=””]2[/fusion_dropcap]Send greetings of gratitude to medical staff, transportation workers, mail delivery people, grocery store employees – any one that is keeping our community going.

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[fusion_dropcap boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”” class=”” id=”” color=”” text_color=””]3[/fusion_dropcap]Enter our community art contest. Send your child’s artwork on life at home to fredparenteditor@gmail.com by April 15.

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[fusion_dropcap boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”” class=”” id=”” color=”” text_color=””]4[/fusion_dropcap]Chalk your Walk. Get creative and spread some cheer with sidewalk chalk.

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[fusion_dropcap boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”” class=”” id=”” color=”” text_color=””]5[/fusion_dropcap]Share your Bear. Put a bear in the window for the neighborhood kids to find in your windows on the “Teddy Bear Scavenger Hunt.” Bonus read “We’re going on Bear Hunt” to add to the fun.

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[fusion_dropcap boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”” class=”” id=”” color=”” text_color=””]6[/fusion_dropcap]Get creative with food. Create a themed meal night – hibachi, breakfast for dinner, sandwich night – the possibilities are endless.

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[fusion_dropcap boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”” class=”” id=”” color=”” text_color=””]7[/fusion_dropcap]Watch a movie together. Get a family movie and do a virtual “drive-in” with all the treats.

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[fusion_dropcap boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”” class=”” id=”” color=”” text_color=””]8[/fusion_dropcap]Homemade Playdough. Textile play reduces stress and anxiety. Check out a great recipe here (and see our results).

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[fusion_dropcap boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”” class=”” id=”” color=”” text_color=””]9[/fusion_dropcap]Build a fort. Enjoy fort making with pillows or blankets where the kids can play, read or event study. Just make ensure it’s a solid build for the littles.

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[fusion_dropcap boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”” class=”” id=”” color=”” text_color=””]10[/fusion_dropcap]Take a digital break. Turn off the phone, TV, and/or tablets. It’s good for the brain and will recharge you.

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And a bonus 11th (and 12th)…
[fusion_dropcap boxed=”no” boxed_radius=”” class=”” id=”” color=”” text_color=””]11[/fusion_dropcap]Date your spouse. Try these ideas and take time for your significant other (or yourself). Take time for self care! Visit our Facebook page or Facebook group for plenty of self care ideas.

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