This blog is for families who wish to learn how to become more resourceful during tough times.
We are definitely going through that with the pandemic that we're experiencing.
Yesterday I was talking with my cousin and we were thinking back to what life was like before cell phones and internet. We actually had to use our imagination to invent things we could play with and create things to do or games to play when there seemed to be nothing else to do. If we didn't have a crown to be a princess we'd make one out of whatever we could find.
In affluent societies where children have access to new technology that isn't limited the child becomes disconnected from themselves and their own creativity. When my children were growing up I'd cancel cable service every time they'd quit spending time outdoors, reading, practicing their talents, or relating to the rest of the family. Presently, I find I have to uninstall a game app whenever I feel I can't wait to play the game before I do anything else. I'd tell myself "You can play after you get this done". It'd only works sometimes so I then had to force myself to let it go and uninstall the game. Am I losing my creativity?
So how do I do a restart?
Stop going to the store when I think I need something. Instead find a substitute or do without. Examples:
Problem 1: No toilet paper.
Find old towels or fabric and cut in squares and sew around the edges if you know how to sew.
Wet them before each use if you'd like or look up how to make a portable bidet.
Problem 2: No eggs to bake a cake.
Use ground flax seed. It has instructions on the bag on how to use in baking instead of eggs. (I found a can of dried whole eggs I had purchased a couple years back. I have to solutions for one problem). Yay me! I've heard you can use mayo and gelatin in place of eggs. Find a cake recipe that doesn't use eggs.
OK I confess I looked up ideas on YouTube and Google for some of those things.
My challenge to you and your family is to see if you can create solutions to problems with things you already have at home. If the problem isn't life threatening you can probably do with out some things at least temporarily. I often wonder how the first family on earth made it before all of the ingenious inventions of our day. Oh yeah, they had to create things themselves with resources from the earth.