First on my kids’ list of helpful things is WiFi, closely followed by chocolate.
I would say your first priority is looking after yourself – it’s absolutely key. If I wasn’t careful I would end up spending the whole day doing dishes, laundry, tidying up and helping the kids through their frustrations. Day after day that’s not good. I made a point to continue waking up before the kids each morning, even though there was no rush to get out the door, just so I had time to myself to read and pray.
Reduce the chores! Use drink bottles instead of every cup in the house being left on the bench, wear that shirt for two days, get everyone to help with a quick tidy up before dinner – and resist the urge to tidy around kids all day.
When people offer help, take them up on it. We had groceries picked up and delivered, and takeaways dropped off one night for a special treat.
Keep in contact with friends and family. Even better if you’re connecting regularly with someone else who is in isolation too.
Don’t do schoolwork all day. If the work provided is too much for a parent’s sanity, I’d encourage parents to talk to their child’s teacher about priorities. Ask teachers, “If we only get through two things a day, what would you like to see complete?”