Coronavirus 2019: Tips on How to Eliminate Boredom While on Home Quarantine

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The World Health Organization (WHO), declared Coronavirus disease 2019 as a pandemic disease. This means that it is spreading worldwide, which includes the Philippines. 

The transmission of the disease is through droplets, particularly through sneezing and coughing. Coronaviruses may also persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days, depending on the type of surface and the temperature of the environment. 

Individuals can prevent the transmission with frequent hand washing and use of alcohol, and alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. It is necessary to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of the virus. You should eat a balanced diet to enhance a strong immune system and drink plenty of  water and Vitamin C.

Another prevention is social distancing. This is where Enhanced Community Quarantine enters for the localities to follow. The local government will supervise this order. They will give a Home Quarantine Pass to only one member of the family. Only the bearer will run out for errands to buy their necessary basic needs, while they are in quarantine. This means that most of us are not allowed to go outside of their homes. Boredom hits the children who stay inside the house, the whole day.

To end their boredom, I listed here some activities that would help not only the kids but also the parents as well.

  • Assign and schedule household chores for the kids to do. They will feel a sense of responsibility and will know how to do the chores at a young age.
  • Play cards and board games together. Prepare something as a reward or some consequence that they will do in case they lose. This will teach the kids to be confident in the choices they will make and accept defeat.
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Let them play online games. My children enjoy playing ML. Other parents may not agree with me, but they practice analytical thinking here.

  • Watch movies together. Movies you had missed watching on the big screen. Ask them what they can say about the movie, or the characters and the story.
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  • For the little ones, they will enjoy it if you could put up a tent inside your house. It is like camping to them. Their eyes will have a break from the UV rays from their gadgets and television.
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  • Let them sort out and arrange their clothes and other things. This will lessen the clutter in their cabinets. And they could choose where they give their old things.
  • Some of their school works are not finished yet. They could answer their online assignments. Or they can read their favorite books.
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  • Let them sketch, draw, or practice their favorite musical instruments. Teach them baking and do-it-yourself crafts. There is no need to spend a cent or go outside. Some tutorials are free online.
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  • Last on my list, but the greatest, in this time of uncertainty: Pray together. Ask His healing hand to touch and heal those infected of the virus, and shield those who are not. Let us remember, that prayer is the best way to convey to Him our heart’s desire. 
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By doing any of these things, your children will not notice the time has passed. Sooner or later, they’ll be back to school, doing the things that they normally do.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A mom of four, Sonia Sabulao Gacillos, had chosen to be a full-time mom to take care of her growing family. She was pregnant with her second child when she decided to resign from her job in the government. For almost two decades, her life goes around her children and her husband.

She loves to read and do crafts, like cross-stitching. She writes too whenever some ideas come to her mind.

She respects all moms who decide to be with their kids.

Thankful for the ascend of these remote jobs, she now aspires to be a work-at-home mom, so she can be of help to her husband, financially and for her to grow more, professionally.

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