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Your Kids Are Stuck at Home?
Please note the story you're reading was published more than a day ago. COVID-19 news and recommendations change fast: Read the latest here to stay up-to-date. We've lifted our paywall on all stories about the coronavirus. Last week, NPR reported that attempts to stem the spread of the coronavirus meant almost 300 million students worldwide were not in class.

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Art Activities

Art Activities
  • Basic coloring and drawing.
  • Butcher paper. Unroll it, then let the kids color on the floor. Or put it on the wall if you have room.

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Physical activities

  • Dance Party: Turn on music and dance around.
  • Simulate outdoor scenes. Re-create different outdoor scenes in different parts of the house—for instanc...

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Games

Games
  • Stacking toys like Magna-Tiles. the kids will build things and then smash them down. Smashing is the most enjoyable part.
  • Workbooks and puzzles.

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Food

Food
Cooking activities to consider while at home with the kids:
  • Baking.
  • Snacks in shapes. Use cookie cutters to make star-shaped sandwiches or whatever.

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Entertainment

  • Classic TV like Sesame Street or any kind of TV.
  • Interactive electronic games.
  • Good, old-fashioned reading.
  • Eating dinner while watching a movie.

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Remote work and children

Many working parents are facing working from home with kids and without access to babysitters, playdates, and even Grandma-dates that you might generally rely on.

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Get Creative With Your Schedule

If you have another adult home with you, consider a split schedule: At the beginning of each day, decide who will be the 'on point' parent. That person will work at the dining room table, feed the kids and suggest activities, while the other parent works in a different room.

One parent can also work before the children are awake, then you can stagger work times during the day, and the other parent can work when the children are in bed.

Be Up Front With Your Boss

Before you make adjustments to your work schedule in order to watch your children, talk to your boss or HR.

Let them know that your transition to home also means being responsible for your children. Create a schedule that you can share with your boss and assure them of your commitment to maintaining the level of excellence they expect.

If you clearly communicate your needs, you will decrease the level of stress and also open the door for coworkers to follow suit.

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What we know

The virus that is causing the current outbreak is a respiratory one and spreads through droplet infection.

  • There have been no known cases of the virus spreading through "smear" inf...

Contaminated surfaces

  • The virus can be detected in aerosols (airborne droplets smaller than five micrometers) for up to three hours.
  • On copper, for up to four hours.
  • On cardboard, for up to 24 hours.
  • On stainless steel or plastic, for up to three days.

The virus particles on any surface decrease rapidly at the start, then slowly approaches zero over time.

Touching or eating contaminated food

If a food worker coughs over your food while preparing it, although really gross, your risk of contracting the disease that way is minimal.

According to a 2018 overview of respiratory viruses, the virus reproduces along the respiratory tract. It is a different pathway than the digestive tract food follows when you swallow it.

Even if you handle contaminated food and then deposit the virus along your respiratory tract, it's highly unlikely to get sick this way.

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