Have you ever wished that you had more time in the week? Time to do more than just the daily grind?
Well, self-isolation could be just the opportunity!
How strange that being confined to our houses can create actually create a kind of freedom – a freedom to be the parents we’ve always wanted to be, but never quite had the time to be.
Imagine coming out of self-isolation feeling that you have invested time not wasted it. To turn self-isolation into something positive for you and your family, we highly recommend having a goal. Perhaps you’d like to come out of self-isolation with a toilet-trained toddler, an edible garden, or having taught a few key chores to your primary school-aged child.
What better time to tackle toilet-training your toddler than when you’re in self-isolation? You can give it the focused attention that this sort of project needs, you don’t have to worry about your toddler having an accident when you’re out and about, plus no more worries about running out of nappies! For everything you need to completely smash toilet-training out of the park, head over to the toilet-training page on Mum’s Tool Box. You’ll find toilet-training tips, readiness checklist, plus the resources you need to make toilet-training hassle-free!
A hot topic for parents whose children are beginning school next year, there’s actually a lot that you can do at home to help your child experience success at school. The challenges are knowing what to do, and finding time to do it. Well, self isolation takes care of the second challenge, and our School Readiness Kits take care of the first!
Our Busy Little Brain School Readiness Boxes, designed by an experienced Australian primary school teacher, contain everything you need to give your child a confident start to schooling. The only thing you'll need is a pair of scissors! Best of all, these kits will be delivered straight to your door. Take a look over on our Learning Page.
Embarking on a shared project has so many benefits. The self-directed learning opportunities, plus the quality time spent together, equals a rich investment in your child’s future. Here are a few ideas of some projects that you might like to work on with your children:
Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom! What skill could you pass onto your children during self-isolation? Perhaps this extra time together means that you can really focus on teaching your young child to tie their shoes, or your older kid to check the oil in the car or mow the lawn. Children of any age will love learning to cook a few key recipes. Older children can take the responsibility for cooking dinner one night a week. They'll be getting literacy and numeracy practice, plus, you get a night off! (Side tip: Try ordering some Hello Fresh kits to help your children learn to cook). Put the finished product on some beautiful dinnerware, and they will feel so very proud of themselves!
Word to the wise, keep it simple. Don’t overload your kids’ time, but let it be an opportunity to explore some mutual interests together. Let us know what you and your family have got planned for your time together!
The internet has never really lived up to it’s potential to bring people together.
In this unprecedented time of self-isolation, and social distancing, there has been a worldwide digital explosion of community. Museums, zoos, ballet companies, musicians, artists are all moving online to give the world free access to quality experiences and resources during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Below, we have curated some of the best of these opportunities. This list is designed to be used with our free downloadable schedule (tailored to two different age groups) to help you and your children love learning at home too!
Self-isolation. Hazmat suits. Empty grocery stores. Does anyone else feel like they've somehow fallen into an apocalyptic Hollywood movie?
But here's the thing. Sometimes, something good can come out of really tough stuff. Whatever is to come over the next season, we've got three practical tips to help you turn self-isolation into a positive experience for you and your kids.
Well, we've all heard that plastics are bad and we shouldn't be eating from it, let alone our kids. But what about Melamine? What about Bamboo? I think we stick to the plastic options most of the time because the information about other options is just too overwhelming and confusing.
So we stick with plastic, because it is cheap and doesn't break, but all the time feel vaguely uneasy that we may be doing something that might one day harm our kid's health.