Strategies for Working From Home With Kids

Working from Home | Crivitz, WI

Most of the country continues to shelter at home to avoid the spread of COVID-19, and the lucky ones are able to work from home. Working from home can be challenging on its own, and when you add a house full of kids to the mix it becomes even more difficult to navigate. These tips can help make the situation a bit less stressful for everyone.

Communicate needs

Talk to both your employer and your family about what you will need during this time. Explain to your kids that even though you’re home, you’re still at work. Then, let your employer and coworkers know that you’ll be working from home with kids, and that there will be occasional interruptions.

Arrange virtual playdates

When you really need to be uninterrupted for a period of time, consider establishing virtual playdates for your children. Arrange a video call with grandparents, friends, or a favorite babysitter. Although it’s not the same as an in-person engagement, kids can still have fun and stay occupied reading books, singing songs, or playing games with their guardian through the video.

Increase screen time

Many parents are wary of letting their kids sit in front of a screen for too many hours a day. But if you’re comfortable with giving your kids more screen time, it can be a helpful way to keep them engaged while you’re working from home during this unprecedented time. Make sure to spend time doing hands-on activities together when your work is over and take breaks throughout the day to check in on them and let them know you care.

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Fun Games to Play at Home with the Kids

Fun Games | Crivitz, WI

While you’re stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, it can be difficult to not only keep yourself entertained but also to prevent your kids from feeling bored. If you’re looking for something new to pass the time, try out these fun games with your kids.

Touch-and-feel box

In recent years, a popular trend on YouTube and late-night television shows has been to place an item in a box and have another person guess the item by using just their hands to feel it. You can try this fun game at home by simply cutting a hole in the side of a shoebox and then placing different items in there. Your children can then take turns placing a hand in the hole, feeling the item, and guessing what it is.

Indoor bowling

If your family is missing your local bowling alley, you can try bowling at home during the pandemic. In a long hallway or an open living room, you can line up 10 water bottles at one end and make a starting line at the other end, using duct tape or a ruler. You and your kids can then bowl with a medium-sized ball.

Puzzles

If you haven’t broken out the puzzles already, it’s worth taking out your favorites or buying some new ones. Your children can put together a kid-friendly puzzle, while you occupy your time with a more difficult puzzle.

Frank Porth Chevrolet hopes your family enjoys playing these games. If you need a new family-hauler in Crivitz, Wisconsin, call us to learn about our available options.