With school closures and social distancing, parents are tasked with being around their kids more than ever, especially for those used to working during the week, and going from activity to activity over the weekend. The question becomes, how do we keep our kids occupied during this time, and how do we keep our sanity?
My wife and I with our infant and two-year-old had this to practice over the weekend and were able to maintain our sanity largely through separating when needed. Our two-year-old is extremely hyper-active so when he was getting antsy, he and I would run races from one end of the house to the other, or would go downstairs to our play/motor room in the basement and play basketball on his toy hoop, taking turns dunking and then yelling “DUNK!” afterwards, in efforts to try to release that energy that gets built up while being cooped up with nowhere to go. Meanwhile my wife would take care of the infant and if our two-year-old was calm and wanted to read than maybe we would sit together as a family and read some books. It worked for us extremely well over the weekend. Hopefully as the weather warms we can go outside to our pretty good-sized backyard with some natural boundaries where we can run around and get energy out that way, while still practicing social distancing.
I for one would be extremely happy for additional ideas, as the next two weekends my wife will have to work her shifts as a nurse over the weekend giving me solo duty for half the weekend with running errands not an option.
What are some other ideas you have found successful or have wanted to try? All ideas appreciated and welcome!