Working from home has become the new normal. But, even though the kids are back to school, we are still struggling to get the quiet time that we need to get some work finished off after school has finished. Here are some ideas to keep them amused for a while so that you can get work wrapped up to spend quality time with them.
We know that we are not supposed to encourage more screen time but if your presentation is on a deadline then you need to keep the little ones happy. Keep them happy with some car games or something educational. They could even have a go with the home gaming system as long as they don’t fight with their siblings over who was the winner and can play nicely with each other.
There is something amazing and memorising about bubbles that can keep kids quiet for ages. Maybe it is the shiny sphere floating through the air. Or maybe it is the deep breaths that the kids take that are a form of mindful meditation. Whatever it is, if you can keep the bubbles in steady supply and can stop them from spilling them, they will be happy for ages. Try some giant bubbles to keep it interesting or a bubble blower for added fun.
This might not be the ideal solution but there is no denying that it is the best place for kids to play and give you some peace to work. Letting kids play in the mud and get their hands dirty is part of growing up. And as long as they don’t fling it up the side of the house and over the windows, what is the harm in a little mud?
This is a game that is best kept outside too because playdough can get everywhere. It doesn’t matter if it is homemade or store-bought, kids love getting their fingers into playdough. If you have a nice big batch, let them go crazy in the yard or at the dining table. Let them squeeze it through their fingers, and when you are finished for the day, you can join them.
The cardboard box
If you have been lucky enough to get home deliveries and have received some large boxes, do not rip them up! This is a great chance for your kids to get creative and flex those imagination muscles. Boxes can be anything! Space rockets, racing cars, or castles that have scary dragons. Let their imagination soar as the color in and cut up the cardboard to create something new.
Ok, we get it. You have watched Frozen so many times it has stopped having any meaning for you. But the kids love it. So plonk them down on the couch and slap on their favourite movies for the billionth time. It doesn’t matter if you hate the sound of Let It Go, you need to let it go and get your work finished before your boss gives you a frosty reception for running late.