Your Kids Are Stuck at Home?


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


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Your Kids Are Stuck at Home?

Your Kids Are Stuck at Home?


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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.
  • Heavy-duty art supplies: Including glue and pom-poms. Children can organize the pom-poms by color or just glue them on paper.
  • Concoct potions: Mix all your unused beauty products together and see what happens.
  • $1 kits from places like Target: They're boxes that contain things like a wooden cutout with washable paint and paintbrush.
  • Play-Doh. Get creative with Play-Doh. Let the kids do what they want with it.

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 instance, a camping scene with a fort in one room and an island in another.
  • Jumping jacks.
  • Bathtub. Just let the kids hang out in there under supervision. They can get creative in there, and the mess is contained.
  • Take advantage of the outdoor space. Use what you have, even just opening the window and making up stories about what you see out there.


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


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


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



Create a Schedule
Create a Schedule

Line up your day carefully, with set "office" hours. Think about how many hours you hope to work in a day and be realistic regarding what you can actually do when your kid is around.
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Capitalize On Naptime

This is your chance for working without interruption use this time to finish assignments that require your complete focus and concentration.

Separate Roles

If you don't learn to keep your roles as parent and businesswoman/businessman separate, giving each your full concentration for a set amount of time, you'll never feel like you're doing either well.
To separate mentally from the rest of the house, set up an office area.

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Plan ahead

Before you shop for the self-isolation period:

  • Consider the foods your family likes, your food preparation methods and the time and energy you will have for preparing meals.
While at the supermarket

... during the pandemic:

  • Use disinfecting wipes for your hands and grocery cart handle, and then make sure you put the wipe in the trash.
  • Supermarkets are running low on many items. Be ready with a back-up plan if an ingredient you need is unavailable.
  • Use contactless payment or credit cards. If you have to use the payment keypad, tap the buttons and screen with your knuckle then use hand sanitizer after completing your payment.
  • Contribute to local pantries and soup kitchens, to help the less fortunate.
Eating together at home

Make meals at home a positive and fun experience:

  • Get the whole family involved. Kids can help set the table or pour the water, make the salad.
  • Try some new easy recipes, that require a few ingredients.
  • Reconnect with the family: eat together at the table or spread a blanket on the floor and have an indoor picnic.

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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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