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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.