Parent Survival Guide

How to spend valuable time at home with your kids

Library | 3/24/2020


 
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As we navigate our way through the current coronavirus crisis, many parents are fighting a battle of their own — how to fill weeks of time at home with their children. Without the luxury of playdates, playgrounds, movie theaters, or other social gatherings, finding ways to keep kids engaged and out of the boredom zone can be a challenge.

 

The coronavirus crisis, as unprecedented and uncertain as it is, does present us with a unique opportunity to spend prolonged time with our children. If we use our time wisely, we may just look back at this time as a period filled with special memories.

 

Here are some family friendly activities to chose from:

 

Movie marathon – There is no shortage of streaming services out there: Whether you have Netflix, Hulu, Disney + or any other service, there is sure to be something you and your kids can enjoy together.

   

Craft project – Keep kids entertained and stretch their imagination with a craft project like painting or making cards to send to friends.

   

Get cooking (or baking) – Have the kids help in the kitchen by having them make a simple dinner recipe or a delicious dessert for the whole family.

 

Scavenger hunt – Whether you want your kids to play indoors or in the backyard, setting up a scavenger hunt is as easy as making a quick list of items for them to find. This list can be as vague as ‘find something blue’.

   

Keep them learning – The internet has many options to keep your kids learning even if they’re away from school. Reading can help them relax and can keep them away from screens (for a bit at least).

  

Board games – Get the kids and the rest of the family together for board games. Games can help foster a bit of competition and keep everyone entertained.

   

Go camping (indoors) – Have your kids build a campsite or cushion fort and let them camp out indoors.

 

Fly a kite – Whether you go on an adventure to the beach or stay in your backyard, flying a kite can be a great way to get kids get outside and active.

   

Go for a walk – Getting fresh air is important when you are spending a lot of time indoors, and now that Spring is in the air, we can look forward to nicer weather ahead. Take the family outside for a walk around the neighborhood to keep from going stir-crazy.

  

Puzzles – Whether you dust off an oldie but a goodie or order a new one online, puzzles can provide hours of entertainment for the entire family.

 
 

Stay safe, sane, and let the memory building begin!

   
  
     
     
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