Hey Kids, we aren’t leaving our house for a couple weeks…maybe longer

Having to tell 6 kids that we will be practicing social distancing is like telling them to cut off their left foot and then run a race on an empty stomach and then burn all your houses down on Fortnite. This is torture for them having to stay in a home with siblings they don’t always get along with and they cannot leave. We have already had a fist fight and it was day one. Not a good start but its a start. Right?

I want to share this letter mainly for parents. This could be some inspiration of what to tell your kids are maybe what you need to hear. God bless you all. In these times prayers matter!

Kids,

We could easily look at this plea for social distancing as the worst thing that we have ever had to do. I am here to tell you it is not the worst… and sadly kids, you will go through harder times with much more difficult tasks.

I am writing you today to enlighten you of the blessings we can receive, if we choose to, during this isolation in our warm, comfortable home. To  focus on the blessings, lessons and positives instead of the things we can’t do or the negatives we will likely face. It is your choice whether you want to grow during this time. 

  1. We are learning appreciation for what we take for granted daily. Toilet paper, soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and the many other things we currently cannot just go grab off the shelves at our whim. We are learning gratitude and to not be wasteful.

2.   We are going to get to know each other better in these days of isolation. We are normally busy and gone from the house. I am grateful that I get to talk with you and guide you through troubled times with faith and charity. We are blessed that we have each other.

3.   This is a lesson to be prepared to the best of your ability before it’s too late. Preparing during a crisis makes it a 100x more stressful and harder. Being prepared gives you the ability to help others who need the help. 

4.  Treat others how you would want someone to treat your mother or little sister. Be charitable and loving. We are still being tested during hard times on how we treat our fellow neighbor, if not even more so. God is powerful and He is the one we need to look to for an example.

5.   There are going to be times when you have no control  over what is happening in your life or the world around you. What you do have control over is praying to your Father in Heaven. That has more power than you could ever comprehend. Pray for those around you who are less fortunate. Be open to hear the guidance given after prayer. Pray for the courage and desire to act on those promptings.

And lastly…

6.     Your mom and dad love you and will be here to protect, guide, play games, watch movies, argue with you, laugh with you, teach you, listen to you and comfort you anytime you need. 

This could be the best thing that has ever happened for our family, if we focus on the positives instead of the negatives.

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