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5 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained While Working at Home

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Your kids are at home, and you’ve got work to do. Any parent will agree working under these conditions can be challenging. Still, there are many ways to engage your children’s’ energy and attention in positive ways while giving you some space to go about your own business. The following are five ways to keep your kids entertained while you work.

1. The Big Project

If your kids are old enough, consider telling them to work on a big project. A large project is going to take a lot of planning and work. If the project is big enough, you could entertain your kids for days. A good project to consider is a fort city. Everyone can make a fort, but children might be more enticed to stick with a project that offers them the possibility to be creative and think about the details.

You could ask them to replicate the town center you visit often. They don’t have to use tools if you don’t feel comfortable with that. Cardboard boxes and some tape can get the job done if you want. You could also ask your kids to build a fort puzzle, which is also quite interesting. Besides, doing something this big gives your kids a sense of accomplishment, and that’s priceless.

2. Give Them New Chores

It’s going to be hard to find a kid that loves chores, yet this is still a good suggestion. You need to figure out a way to get your kids excited to do some chores. Some parents offer a little cash to encourage kids to finish up chores around the house.

Other parents tell their kids that finishing these tasks will help the family. It may not seem like it, but most kids want to help their parents one way or another. Do not try to give them chores all day. If you figure out a way to get them excited, this will only last for so long. About an hour should be good enough, and then, give them a well-deserved break.

3. A Decorating Adventure

Sometimes, large projects are a little too much, and that’s okay. You can always offer your kids a smaller project as long as it is time-consuming. The danger of a simpler project is that your kids will get it done quickly. This is the reason decorating could work.

If you ask your kids to decorate different things in your home, then they’ll spend hours doing it. All you need to do is think about how they’ll decorate your home. With older children, try giving them access to art materials that they can use on their own. For younger or more mischievous children custom vinyl sticker sheets might be a safer bet since they’re not going to clean up after them should any accidents occur. You can remove these stickers if you need to, so it’ll keep them, and your stuff, safe.

4. An Opportunity to Connect

Kids today have many ways to connect with others. This is something you can use to your advantage. Set up a time for your kids to meet with grandparents, uncles, or aunts on the internet. You can have them video chat with loved ones at specific times during the day.

This might not seem like a big deal, but it is. You’d be surprised how many kids are interested in sharing stories about their day with others. Kids can learn a lot from other family members, making this a pretty good idea. Be sure to talk to your parents or siblings about this plan to make sure everyone’s on board.

5. Use Teachers to Help

Another positive thing about the internet is that you have access to teachers all the time. Your kids can take a class to give you some time to work. Your kids know what they like, so you should let them decide what class to take.

The class should be something they are interested in so that this doesn’t feel like a chore. You want your kids to be excited so that they give you time to work. It might be a good idea to evaluate each teacher with your kids. This will help you find an online instructor that your kids find entertaining.

Hopefully, these tips help ensure you can get your work done at home. A lot of parents are in the same boat, so try to connect with other parents dealing with this, and see if you can get some additional tips.

Tim Esterdahl

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