How To Cope With the Quarantine at Home and with The Family
I want to do something different with this blog than I’ve done in the past. Usually I try to provide content on different topics related to being outdoors. But this time it will be a little different. And I mean it to be a suggestion and to provoke some thought. During this time of social distancing, the “Stay at Home Orders” and school closings, finding something to do and to entertain the kids, I thought I would offer a suggestion.
We've all heard the quote from the Bible that refers to feeding humanity: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” If we take that reference and apply it to our present day trials and tribulations then we begin to make survival an understandable and easy thing to do. During these trying times there are things we can do to make life as it is more palatable.
Let’s look at our present situation first; were stuck working from home, with the radio playing and a variety of other distractions that make our productivity limited. If you’re a pet lover, perhaps you have a dog. They’re not accustomed to your being home and they think its one long weekend and want your attention. Or you have two young children that are now restricted from school and they require your attention. The times are going to become trying! We need to structure our day so that we satisfy our responsibilities. We prioritize our obligations and proceed from there. Kids and family of course would be number one. And then proceed from there.
Going back to the Bible quote, keeping that same thought and changing the words a bit, if we teach our kids and family the skills they need to survive rather than protecting and doing things for them, we ultimately protect them for life. Keeping that in mind, how would we go about that? I have a suggestion!
Take the kids out to the yard and teach them to set up a tent for starters. You would be surprised at how many people have no clue how to do that. Yes some know how to read and follow the directions provided, but what happens when the direction sheet has been blown away in the wind. How many individuals know what a Guy Line or a Guy Line tensioner is? Or if your tent doesn’t have tensioner’s can they tie a “Truckers Hitch”? If your family can somewhat master this task, they will have in the future, the ability to shelter themselves.
How about feeding them? Teach them to use a simple camp stove safely. Warming a can of soup can be a daunting task for someone who has never had to do that. It’s sad but true! How about sleeping accommodations? Teach them to lay out a ground cover before putting down the sleeping bag.
As you can see there is a lot of time and fun that can be had with the kids just in teaching them to survive. And if you can encourage them by making these lessons a fun and memorable thing then you will have protected them for a lifetime.
You may be thinking at this point, heck, I don’t know how to do any of this. Well at the Outdoor Family Store you will find a number of books that will inform you on the finer points of survival. And if you don’t have a tent or sleeping bag or small camp stove you’ll find those there to. So in closing I would say that there is a number of things you can do to entertain the young ones and have fun at the same time. And you may enjoy it as well! GET OUT AND FACETIME WITH NATURE. And as always tents and camping gear can be found at the Outdoor Family Store.