This Quarantine Life - Family Schedule Ideas

Dr. Raul Poulsen, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with the University of Miami Health System, suggests making a family schedule that all household members have input on and easy access to.  Looking for ideas as to what to put on that schedule?  Look no further.


Online school work


Your professional work

Housework/chorefor every member of the household, who is capable of helping

Physical activity

  • exercise at home
  • play physically active games
  • yardwork
  • go running or biking

Family mealtime

Creative side projects

  • record a podcast
  • build something
  • make digital or analog art
  • grow plants or vegetables
  • hypothesize and test an experiment
  • scrapbook
  • interview someone you know
  • write a poem or a song
  • create a dance routine

Productive projects

  • edit and organize your digital photos
  • clean out the car
  • organize the garage, junk drawer, kids' closet, or home office
  • sort and store paperwork or mail
  • make a donation pile

Practice time

  • musical instruments
  • art
  • sports
  • foreign language
  • other extracurricular activities

Being outside (while maintaining physical distancing)

  • go for a walk
  • lay on a blanket in the yard
  • biking
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • other outdoor activities

Consuming current event information by

(Limit this time to avoid triggering anxiety and fear.)

  • watching/reading the news
  • social media
  • other current events programming

Socializing while maintaining physical distancing.

  • texting
  • app messaging
  • video chatting
  • talking on the phone
  • online group gaming

Reading time

No screens time

Family fun time

  • an opportunity to create unifying activities
  • game night
  • karaoke
  • movie night
  • baking
  • experimenting
  • create something together

Family quiet time

  • reading
  • meditating (try a meditation app or YouTube video designed for children)
  • journaling
  • yoga
  • build or create something together

Time just for you

Don't use it to scroll social media, respond to work emails, or mindlessly shop online.

  • go for a walk
  • listen to a podcast
  • meditate
  • read for pleasure
  • listen to music
  • tinker around on an instrument
  • journal

Return to this list when the kids complain they're bored and have nothing to do.