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Right now our world is filled with news about a virus spiraling out of control. Whole cities shutting down. Families being quarantined. Schools, businesses, restaurants and parks closing indefinitely. It’s a horribly stressful time for everyone.

That said, it is in these times that it is the MOST important for us to look for the positives. There is always a silver lining.

In just a few days, parents all over the country (and the world) have had their worlds turned upside down. Often having to work from home while also trying to continue their children’s learning.

Read this list to see what parents have found to be unexpectedly amazing about having their family stuck at home.

100 Positive Things Parents are Experiencing Right Now

  1. Discovering that your child has an incredible talent you never saw before.
  2. Being able to play with you kids during a lunch break.
  3. Drinking hot coffee with your significant other instead of in the car on the way to work.
  4. Being able to read your kids books before bed.
  5. Enjoying more meals together.
  6. Slow mornings that allow for a little reading, play or conversation before “going to work.”
  7. A longer shower.
  8. Comfortable clothes all day. Hello leggings!
  9. Learning new ways do elementary math.
  10. Introducing your kids to old movies.
  11. Reconnecting with nature, going on hikes, and bird watching.
  12. Teachers showing their ability to adapt.
  13. Parents showing their ability to lead their child’s education.
  14. Cancelling of standardized tests.
  15. Kids having time to engage in true play.
  16. More opportunities home cooking.
  17. Extra time with kids before they start formal schooling.
  18. Perfect time to potty train!
  19. Time for daily snuggles.
  20. Kids are able to sleep until their bodies are ready to wake up.
  21. Kids can slow down and enjoy breakfast and lunch.
  22. Watching your older children help support their younger siblings.
  23. Children making friends with kids around the country.
  24. Practicing language skills with children across the globe through online video chats.
  25. Grandparents tackling new technology to be able to see their grandkids.
  26. No alarms going off in the morning.
  27. Not having to pack lunches and snacks every morning.
  28. Being able to finally have a conversation with your teenager.
  29. Kids helping to cook and trying new foods while at home.
  30. Coming to the realization that your family is WAY over scheduled.
  31. Connecting with college aged friends and family to provide supplemental educational opportunities.
  32. Letting go of housework and reconnecting with family.
  33. Having extra time to learn new skills (riding a bike, knitting, gardening)
  34. Kids recognizing just how responsible and productive they are when they put their minds to something.
  35. Kids learning how to self-regulate their own schedules and take responsibility for their work.
  36. Having time to pursue passions outside of academic curriculum.
  37. Kids having ability to work on school work at their own pace without fear of judgement.
  38. Watching your kids take on projects just because they are interested in the topic.
  39. Being able to witness your child’s true ability shine through.
  40. Doing everything in pajamas.
  41. Wearing no real clothes so less laundry!
  42. Feeling like you finally understand your child’s needs, strengths and weaknesses and how these impact learning.
  43. Realizing homeschooling is not half as bad as you imagined it would be (in fact sort of liking it).
  44. Raising expectations for practical life skills and children rising to meet those expectations—hello laundry help!
  45. Breathing in more fresh air.
  46. School aged children starting to learn to play again.
  47. More awareness of amount of screen time.
  48. Being pleasantly surprised by what your child knows and can do.
  49. Learned to let go and let children do more for themselves.
  50. The ability to be a part of your child’s every day education and watching them grow.
  51. Breastfeeding moms not having to pump while at work!
  52. Learning that life needs to slow down and that we are rushing through moments that should be savored.
  53. Coming together to do all household work.
  54. Seeing first hand what classwork genuinely excites your child and what does not.
  55. Mid-day dance parties.
  56. Hearing your kids say they are actually enjoying learning.
  57. Being able to lean into the subjects and content you’re interested in and do them with your child.
  58. Sleeping in!
  59. Being aware of self-care while my children are watching.
  60. Siblings being able to spend more time together playing and learning.
  61. So much extra time to read and do things your enjoy.
  62. Actually laughing together.
  63. High fives from your kid when they figure something out.
  64. Whole families being able to take walks together.
  65. No fear of missing out.
  66. Being able to catch up on tasks and projects you’ve been putting off.
  67. Being able to discover new learning tools that you didn’t know existed—opening up a new world of learning for yourself and your child.
  68. Less arguments and no rushing to get dressed and out the door to catch the bus.
  69. Communities coming together to share resources, get creative and support each other in so many ways.
  70. Learning so much about your child’s real interests and passions.
  71. Being able to teach your child things you love to do.
  72. Realizing it’s okay to not know how to do something and figuring things out along the way (while your child watches)
  73. Learning to appreciate the flexibility in schedule of having kids home.
  74. Connecting on such a personal level with teachers and parents.
  75. Developing a new found respect for what teachers do every single day.
  76. Feeling a sense of pride for conquerer the learning curve of homeschooling.
  77. Learning to be more intentional with our time and resources.
  78. Becoming more aware of how your family can be more eco-conscious.
  79. Kids engaging in real authentic learning.
  80. Having more face to face and quality time with your family.
  81. Older siblings are being given the time and space to reconnect and enjoy each other’s company.
  82. Children of all ages learning practical life skills!
  83. Knowing what your kids are learning, not just hearing about it after the fact.
  84. Not worrying about whether or not your kids are eating enough at school.
  85. The ability to catch up with friends who you’re normally too busy to call.
  86. Realizing that you have been way too caught up in your career to appreciate all the good things.
  87. Committing to being grateful for all the good things in your life.
  88. Not having to wear make up.
  89. Getting in hours more of outdoor play every day (even as a family!)
  90. People generally being kinder and trying to help others in their community.
  91. Being able to have more one on one time with your kids.
  92. Kids being able to work in any position they feel comfortable in (standing, pacing, laying on the floor)
  93. Watching your children become more creative.
  94. Being able to witness your child’s firsts.
  95. Paying more attention to your health and wellness.
  96. Feeling a sense of togetherness and community since everyone is going through the same thing.
  97. The pride and joy parents are experiencing when they come up with a really great project to do with their kids.
  98. More people considering how their behaviors impact the lives of others.
  99. Appreciating the mess that your kids make because you have no where to go and aren’t as stressed.
  100. Developing a totally different outlook about how learning should look, sound, and feel.

Interested in getting your little one to play independently?

Check out my Purposeful Playspace e-course to learn how to create a space for your children that invites them to playin ways that are more engaging, purposeful and independent.

Want more information about how play impacts your child’s development?

Check out my e-book: Simply Play: Everything You Need To Know About The Most Important Part of Childhood

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