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Have plenty of interesting things to do at home.

Have plenty of interesting things to do at home.

Working from home while having your kids at home.

We hope that you’ve read our first blog ‘having a family plan of action’ and found our vlog helpful for creating a better work/life balance.

We ask a lot from ourselves these weeks. For instance; being the best employee, being the best parent, being the best childcare manager and also the best schoolteacher. And especially for those parents who are raising children on their own. We would like to stimulate you to keep on focusing on all the amazing things you do every day. 

Working from home while having your kids at home.

Working from home
while having your kids at home.

We hope that you’ve read our first blog ‘having a family plan of action’ and found our vlog helpful for creating a better work/life balance.

We ask a lot from ourselves these weeks. For instance; being the best employee, being the best parent, being the best childcare manager and also the best schoolteacher. And especially for those parents who are raising children on their own. We would like to stimulate you to keep on focusing on all the amazing things you do every day. 

To all the parents we want to say that we are here to help you create a more realistic approach to the expectations we as parents tend to have of ourselves. So this week’s tip is to have plenty of interesting things to do at home. Children who have things to do are less likely to misbehave or to get bored and are more likely to play and stay busy. Of course, young children need help to stay busy. We came up with some different ideas appropriate for different ages

Children in the age
of 1,5 ~ 6 years.

Children in the age of 1,5 ~ 6 years.

It takes time to come up with activities for your child over and over again. So make sure you have a list of around 15 activities ready. This will save you time to think when they need a new activity. 
Maybe you can organise a special shelf or special boxes. On the shelf or in each box you can put an activity. These activities don’t have to be new stuff, it can be toys you already own and it can also be stuff you found during a hike or even toilet rolls you have collected which they can use to build something.  

If you organise toys differently, children will look at the toys differently and might experience it as a new challenge! It is important they can reach it, so you don’t have to give it to them each time they need a new activity.
Make sure you change a few activities each week. 

Children this age love to imitate you. They want to be you. So if you are working, they want to work. Maybe you own an old laptop or an old computer keyboard.
Or make a laptop out of cardboard, which is also a nice activity to do together with your child. Let them work on it, while you are working on your computer yourself.

Children in the age
of 6-10 years:

Children in the age of 6-10 years:

For older children, you can write down a list of activities so your child can choose what they want to do after schoolwork. Make sure you make this list together with your child so they feel they are a part of this project. It is also more likely that they will pick an activity if they thought of it themselves. Takedown and add activities each week. Children need challenges just like adults do!
It will take some time to organise this, but it will save you time in the long run!

Just like a child needs to learn how to read and to do math, children need to learn how to play. Although we often think that children will just start playing when there are toys around. This is not always the case, because children need to learn how to play with toys and need to be stimulated to keep on exploring while playing. We as parents can stimulate playing by making sure the toys or activities are age-appropriate and are interesting for your child.

Stimulate playing

Stimulate playing

Everything you give attention grows. So when children are playing on their own or with siblings, give them some form of attention. You can give a compliment, a stroke through their hair or just a smile. This way you are stimulating your child in playing on its own and your child will feel that what they’re doing is being appreciated.  
For instance; if your child is working together with you on its own (self made) computer, tell them that you like working together with him.

If they are playing with their cars, even for a few minutes, make sure to give them a compliment. Something like; ‘’you are playing really nice with your cars. I love the road that you have built for your cars’’. Make sure you mention the specific behavior and what you like about it. When children know that their behavior is being noticed by you, it is more likely that they will extend that behavior or playtime. Notice that in the days to come your child might play more on its own.

Summary

Summary

To sum it up, if you have enough, stimulating, challenging and age appropriate activities for your children it is more likely that they will play on their own while you are working. So teach and stimulate children how to play, this can feel like extra time, but will save you time in the future! And remember that as a parent you are doing an amazing job every day, as a parent and as an employee.
Even if it doesn’t feel like it these days. 

Working parents you are amazing!

If you have any questions; please feel free to contact us for an online parenting coaching session.