8 Tips for Parents Who Must Self-Quarantine

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It’s on the news, we’re all trying to figure out how to do our part, but we’re also trying to navigate what this pandemic means for us and our families.

When I learned what I should do if I contract COVID-19, my first thought was, “How will this work for parents?”

I’ve decided to create a list of things we can do ahead of time in the event any of us , as parents or primary caregivers, contract this virus.

Hopefully, it will allow us to focus on healing instead of worrying about our families quite as much during an already difficult time. 

If you’re unsure of what to do if you contract COVID-19, there’s a plethora of resources. Be sure to utilize them to find the best information for your area. 

Here are a few things parents can do to prepare if you must self-quarantine:

1. Avoid the Pandemic

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Your initial plan should begin with preventive maintenance. If you can avoid the corona virus, you should.

This means wiping down frequently used surfaces multiple times per day. My house cleaning schedule may help you to maintain a cleaner home during this time. 

It also means keeping a safe social distance from others, washing your hands frequently for 20 or more seconds, and practicing good hygiene. 

Basically, use common sense. Do the things you should probably be doing anyway to avoid contracting other illnesses such as the flu.

2. Pick Your Room

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Part of being prepared is knowing what you’re going to do if you somehow find yourself in the worst case scenario.

To begin, you need to know what room you’ll hole up in to keep the rest of your family safe.

In most cases, it’ll be your bedroom. It has a door that you can use as a barrier between your illness and your loved ones.

If you live in an open space (like a studio apartment) consider putting up privacy curtains to serve as a barrier.

3. Figure Out the Bathroom Situation

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If you’re fortunate enough to live in a home with multiple bathrooms, or if you have an en suite in your master bedroom, you have an easier set-up.

However, if you live in a smaller home with one bathroom (like myself) be prepared to wipe down the surfaces every time you shower, brush your teeth, or use the restroom.

You can use disposable bleach wipes, or you could keep small hand towels and a spray bottle of sanitizing spray to use when you use the area.

Either way, know what your plan is and have all the necessary materials together incase you must utilize your plan.

4. Prepare for the Whole Family to be Home

When one person in the family contracts COVID-19, they encourage everyone in the home to self-quarantine.

This is to stop the spread from people who may not even be aware they have it.

If you live in a two parent home, your childcare is covered.

If not, you’ll need to consider what you’ll do with your children while you’re self-quarantined.

However you work out childcare and quarantine, make sure your kids have plenty of things to keep them busy.

The last thing you want to hear for 14 days is, “I’m booored!!”

Be prepared with activities and think this scenario through based on your individual family’s needs.

5. Freezer Prep Meals

If you’re quarantined it’s going to be hard to prepare meals for your family.

You won’t be able to go out to pick-up food, you shouldn’t go to the grocery store, and you probably shouldn’t order in either. Not to mention, that will get expensive.

Considering how uncertain things seem financially right now, you should try to avoid wrecking your budget…even when sick.

Think ahead and create freezer meals. You can do this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Create make-ahead snacks as well. If you need them they’re there. If not, you’re ready for another busy season in life that’s sure to come.

6. Pack a Bag for Your Kids

If you’re not used to being the primary caregiver, things like making sure the kids are dressed in normal clothes and brushing their teeth can be hard.

Just as you’d pack a hospital bag when a new baby arrives, do the same for your kids now.

That way, everything is there and easy to find for whomever is filling your role while you’re in quarantine.

7. Meal Plan

It isn’t enough just to create freezer meals. In my house, if I get sick, my husband and kids know that there is food available but feel uncertain of what to do with it.

This is where a meal plan comes into play. You make a list of what’s intended for each meal of the day.

It will allow your family to check a list and put prepped meals together.

8. Develop a Household Routine

Having a routine can make life feel normal even when things aren’t. Therefore, go ahead and get a chore chart going.

Make sure everyone knows what they should be doing in this difficult time of stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and even quarantine. 

When everyone knows their role in keeping the house in order, even if you do get sick, the house won’t fall apart. This isn’t just to maintain a certain standard of living. It will help everyone feel more at ease in an already hard time. 

It’s a good idea to think ahead about how you’re going to keep everyone happy if you end up needing to self-quarantine.

Having a game plan can make things a little easier (on you and your family) during this time of uncertainty.

I hope these tips help you, but most importantly, I hope you all stay healthy!