Sharing

As days are crammed with careers and homeschooling, parents must share their time even more carefully with their children. Demands can't be met instantly and kids have to realize that they can't always be the priority. They'll also probably be sharing more of their own things while being at home more often.

Compassion

The pandemic has seen so many wonderful acts of kindness all over the world, and children have often been heavily involved. Make sure your kids are aware of those in difficulty, especially in your own neighborhood, and consider how you can lend a hand.

Tech tips

One thing the pandemic has created is a need for technology, and your kids have no doubt been soaking up the wonders of the web the past few months. Thanks to online courses, chatting with relatives on video call, or being in online groups, your kids are learning impressive tech skills at an alarmingly quick rate.

Gratitude

Most people could come up with a long list of things they took for granted before the lockdown. Whether it was getting a haircut, hugging a loved one, or going to Mass, parents and children have learned the value of activities we often take for granted. Cultivate a habit of gratitude by naming all the things you are thankful for each day, and incorporate this into a daily practice at breakfast or during bedtime prayers.

Cooking

Many families have been busy baking favorite cakes or cooking up tasty meals during the pandemic -- and more often than not there have been little helpers in the kitchen learning the ropes. Not only is cooking an essential life skill, it's also a gift to be able to feed those we love, so make sure you keep your mini chefs on hand.

A passion for history

If you haven't been able to travel during vacation, learn more with your kids about local history. Head to your library or research online and discover some of the monuments, events, and buildings in your area and what they were used for and who lived there. By keeping it relevant, a child's interest in history can be piqued and they can learn a lot!

Hygiene

Never have kids been encouraged to wash their hands more than today. Youngsters are learning the importance of hygiene as well as a thing or two about viruses -- and that's a biology lesson in itself!

Urban planning

If you live in a town or city, you can introduce your children to the wonders of urban planning while you're out walking. Question your kids about why they think the roads are laid out in a certain way, or why there might be a certain amount of green space. This doesn't need to get technical, but it's great to get your kids thinking about their surroundings and the needs of the community.

Patience

Being deprived of everything we take for granted has been tricky. With kids desperate to jump in the local pool, go for sleepovers with friends, or even return to school (there are some!), the pandemic has given kids and parents alike a magnificent lesson in patience.

Creativity

With so much time at home, the word "bored" may have been used a few times. But with boredom comes creativity so your child can learn to let their imagination run a little wilder. Use this as an opportunity to encourage your child's inner artist/maker/builder/creator!

Gardening

If you have a backyard perhaps your kids have been in it more often than usual. Many people have stated that being in quarantine has enabled them to appreciate the seasons more as they have more time to observe the wonder of God's creation. Use this as an opportunity to get your kids caring for the garden and any little bugs and beasts they may come across.

Faith

Being at home allows more time for faith formation, and it doesn't need to be complicated. This is an opportunity to read Bible stories, children's catechisms, and the lives of the saints together. One of the best ways to teach your children more about their faith is to observe and celebrate the many feasts and seasons of the Church at home.