How to keep your kids entertained while you work from home?

The pandemic has a Majority of us working from home. Attending zoom calls, sharing files, back to back phone calls, emailing task lists and virtual community meetups is the new 9-5! While we struggle to adapt to the “New Normal”, it becomes a little difficult to strike a balance between the expectations of your kids and that of your boss. The problem becomes worse when you have kids aged between 2-12, because you need to find something to keep them entertained and occupied. Since going out is not an option, most parents have left their children to the mercy of digital or smart devices. But these devices are no less than a Pandora’s Box, opening up countless physical, mental and health issues. Read how COVID – 19 has affected your tech-savvy kids here. 

Lo and behold as we tell you how to keep your kids entertained while you work from home. 

  1. Engage them in craft

Craft can be your child’s new best friend! It is not only therapeutic and engaging but also builds up the creative quotient of your child. Teach them simple origami tricks or simply ask them to create best out of waste. Avoid messy craft alternatives like paper mache or something that involves sharp objects like a paper cutter or scissors so that you are not thinking all the time if they hurt themselves. 

  1. Open up the world of reading 

Go classic old school and ditch the kindle! Ask them to dramatically read up their favorite stories. If your kids are a little older, you can introduce the world of short stories. It will keep them engaged and improve their vocabulary and language building skills.  Stories by Roald Dahl, CS Lewis, Ruskin Bond, Enid Blyton can be good options to go with. 

  1. Involve them in Household chores

Simple household chores are a great way to teach your kids responsibility. You can give them simple tasks like watering the plants or folding laundry. Make a checklist for them and give them little rewards to make it more interesting 

  1. Go old school with games

Instead of relying on online games all the time, go for classic options like puzzle, Jenga, lego, blocks, colouring books. They are not only more fun but also a healthier alternative to being stuck on the smartphone all day. 

  1. Use your smart devices Smartly

Technology can be both bane and boon. A smartphone can be a great way to teach your kids new things. There are tonnes of educational and safe games available for children. The problem lies if you can leave your kids unsupervised. The solution to this is to keep a digital nanny. PikaPika is one such great 360° parental control app that monitors, controls, and surveils your child’s activity over the phone thus making you sit back and work in peace!

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