How to Keep Your Kids Entertained as a Remote Worker
As a remote working parent, it can be challenging to find time to keep your kids entertained. Unfortunately, this can lead to a lot of boredom and mischief on the part of your children.
But not to worry!
This post will discuss some tips for keeping your kids entertained while you work from home.
1) Get Them Involved in Your Work
If you can, try to involve your kids in what you’re doing. For example, if you’re on a conference call, let them sit in on the call and draw pictures of what they think is happening.
This will help them feel like they’re a part of what you’re doing. In turn, make the work day more fun for them.
If your work involves using the computer, see if they can help you with simple tasks like finding a document or opening an email.
Letting them feel like they’re helping you with your work will make the day go by faster for both of you!
Another great way to involve your kids in your work is to have them help with any projects you might be working on.
For example, if you’re writing a report, see if they can help you come up with ideas or do some research.
If you’re working on a presentation, let them choose the music or design the slides.
Including your kids in your work will not only make the day more fun for them, but it will also help them feel like they’re valuable members of the team.
Of course, there will be times when you just can’t involve your kids in your work. When this happens, it’s important to have some other activities lined up to keep them occupied.
2) Set Up a Designated Play Area
If possible, set up a designated play area for your kids. This can be in a spare room, the basement, or even just a corner of your home office.
It’s important to have a space where they can go to play these seven fun toddler games without being underfoot while you’re working.
In their designated play area, make sure there are plenty of toys and activities for them to enjoy. This could include puzzles, coloring books, dolls, cars, and anything else that will keep them entertained.
You may also want to consider setting up a TV or computer in this space so they can watch movies or shows when they need some downtime.
If you don’t have an extra room in your house for a designated play area, that’s OK!
You can still create a space for them to play by setting up a child-sized table and chairs in your office. Then, stock the table with coloring books, puzzles, and other activities.
3) Use Technology to Your Advantage
The great thing about living in the 21st century is that there are so many ways to use technology to keep your kids entertained.
There are tons of educational apps, websites, and games that your kids can play while you’re working.
You can also use video chat to stay connected with family and friends who live far away. This way, your kids can still interact with their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins even though they’re not in the same room.
And if all else fails, you can always put on a movie or show for them to watch. Just make sure it’s something age-appropriate that won’t give them nightmares!
4) Take Breaks to Play Together
Even though you’re working, it’s important to take breaks throughout the day to spend some time with your kids.
This will help them feel like they’re still a part of your day and give them a much-needed break from being cooped up inside.
During your break, you can play a quick game of catch, shoot some hoops, or read a book together. Or, if the weather is nice, go for a walk around the block or ride bikes in the park.
Taking just a few minutes out of your day to play with your kids will make a world of difference for both of you.
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Also, try to schedule your work around their nap times or bedtimes.
This way, you’ll have some quiet time to work while they’re sleeping. And, if you need to work late at night, let them know in advance, so they’re not left wondering where you are.
Working from home can be a challenge, but it’s definitely doable with some planning and effort.
By following these tips, you can make sure your kids are entertained while you’re working and still get your job done!
Do you have any tips on how to keep your kids entertained as a remoter worker?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.