How to Keep Kids Occupied & and Your Sanity during Self Quarantine

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!

Hello parents who are feeling overwhelmed right now, I would like to share what I received today.
This is from my niece during her second week of shelter at home – she is a single parent to 2 teens and a tween who receives little child support, and is a full-time teacher with an additional part-time job. We were just checking in with one another, and she wrote "I'm actually loving this little blessing. After 5 months of running 6 days a week, a little home time with my family is not such a curse, we've been hiking, bike riding and playing outside…Just loving life as much as possible. Have 2 days of online school under our belts…"
I love the positive attitude, even though I know her life didn't work out quite as planned… (she is teaching remotely during this as well.)
I know it's hard to see the good in this situation, but if you get a few more precious minutes with your children in all of this, please seize them.
Sue

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LeVar Burton Reads. Here is the information that my son sent to me today. I have not utilized this link. But my boys used to love LeVar on Reading Rainbow.

– Starting this Friday, April 3rd, another way to listen to LeVar… Tune in for his livestream series! He'll begin with a story by Neil Gaiman this Friday. Find him at http://www.twitter.com/levarburton.

LeVar Burton Reads
Twitter Livestream
@LeVarBurton

Mondays for children: 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET
Wednesdays for YA: 3:00pm PT / 6:00pm ET
Fridays for adults: 6:00pm PT / 9:00pm ET
http://www.levarburtonpodcast.com/
It's been quiet here. I would love to hear how all of you parents and your children are doing. Anybody want to share what they have learned from their kids this week?

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Thanks for sharing this LeVar Burton Reads info. with us, Rosemary. I've ff'd the links to my daughter.

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Built with pre-quarantined boxes. A daddy and daughter project to lure Butterscotch and Opal (Manx cats) away from mommy’s work at home area!

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I've made these before and the cats love them. It's also easy for kids to make along with mom or dad. DIY Cat Toys – How to Make a Cat Tent – YouTube: https://youtu.be/kPlrvDF7-oU

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