Tips for Keeping Kids Busy While Working From Home

The Mint Chip Mama tips for keeping kids busy while working from home

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It can be challenging to raise kids while working remotely. Just because you’re around the corner doesn’t mean you have much free time to check if your children are getting into trouble. Luckily, below you’ll find some fantastic tips for keeping kids busy while working from home that don’t involve parking them in front of the television.

Give Them a Good Book

If you have older children that are home from school while you’re at work, equipping them with an age-appropriate book to sink their teeth into can keep them occupied for hours. Younger children, who may not have strong reading comprehension, can appreciate their picture and pop-up books with engaging visuals. You can also check if your local library or an app has any compelling e-books that kids can quietly listen to.

Bring the Playground Inside

Children have a lot of energy, and it can be challenging to let them release that energy when you’re stuck indoors. Fortunately, you can provide them with a safe and regulated setting by constructing an indoor playground that allows them to spend their energy while you keep an eye on them. The key to creating an indoor playground is to choose soft materials that kids can play with without disturbing others, like foam noodles.

Arts and Crafts

Who doesn’t enjoy getting their hands dirty (preferably metaphorically) and channeling their inner artist? Keep an ample supply of art supplies on hand, such as crayons, construction paper, clay, and coloring books, so that your kids can express themselves creatively whenever they choose. You should buy charcoal, paints, brushes, sketch pads, and canvases for older children so they can learn how to create spectacular paintings.

Take a Break Together

Everyone needs a breath of fresh air now and again. Take your kids outside for a stroll on your break. Spend some time in nature or in a park to do some sightseeing before heading back home if you have some extra leisure time. That way, you get to fit in some quality time with your kids while they burn off some of their energy.

If you ever feel overwhelmed while juggling parental obligations and your job, remember that you can always fall back on these tips for keeping kids busy while working from home. Hopefully, the more your children become accustomed to change in their environment, the more they will relax and understand that you have your responsibilities to carry out.

Published by Stacey Wallenstein

Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (12, 8, and 5). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. Stacey is also an active PTA member ((including a former & current PTA president) as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her musings on motherhood, Manhattan, the suburbs, and more can be found here and on Facebook at The Mint Chip Mama. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. For more updates, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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