Keeping the Kiddos Entertained While You Work from Home: A Survival Guide

Hey there, fellow work-from-home warriors!

If you're anything like me, you've probably discovered that trying to focus on your job while simultaneously being the entertainer-in-chief for your kids can be a real juggling act. But fear not, because I've got some tried-and-true tips to keep those little munchkins entertained, so you can actually get some work done (and maybe even enjoy a hot cup of coffee in peace!).

  1. Set Up a Kid's Workstation: Why not create a mini workspace for your little one? Give them some colouring books, crayons, and maybe a toy laptop if you have one. It'll make them feel like they're "working" alongside you, which can be surprisingly effective at keeping them occupied.

  2. Designate Break Times: Working in short bursts with frequent breaks is a great strategy for parents. Use those breaks to spend quality time with your kids. Whether it's playing a quick game of hide-and-seek or building a tower of LEGO bricks, these mini-breaks will energise both you and your kiddos.

  3. Have your baby in your baby carrier: Did you know that you can sit while wearing your ROOKIE Baby Carrier? This means that your baby can sit with you while you sit and work. 

  4. Binge-Worthy Shows and Movies: Okay, so maybe we can't entirely escape screen time, and that's okay! Find some age-appropriate shows or movies that your kids can enjoy. Just be sure to set limits so they don't turn into little screen zombies.

  5. Craft Corner: Gather up some art supplies and set up a craft corner. Let your kids' creativity run wild! You'll be amazed at how focused and entertained they can become when they're creating something.

  6. Outdoor Adventures: If you have access to outdoor space, make the most of it! Take breaks to go for a walk, have a picnic in the backyard, or simply let them run around and burn off some energy. Fresh air does wonders for everyone's sanity.

  7. Invent a Special Snack Time: Create a designated snack time where your kids get to pick their favourite snacks. It's like a little reward for being good and letting you work. Plus, it gives you some peace and quiet during that time.

  8. Involve Them in Your Work: Depending on the age of your kids, you can involve them in your work in creative ways. Ask for their input on a project (even if it's just for fun), or let them "help" you with small, safe tasks. It makes them feel important and keeps them occupied.

  9. Virtual Playdates: Schedule virtual playdates with their friends or relatives. Video chats are a great way for kids to stay connected with loved ones while you get your work done.

  10. Be Flexible and Patient: Remember, these are challenging times, and no one expects you to be a superhero. Some days will be smooth sailing, and others might feel like a chaotic whirlwind. Be patient with yourself and your kids. We're all doing our best.

In the end, keeping your kids entertained while you work from home is all about finding a balance that works for your family. Experiment with these tips, mix and match them, and discover what keeps your little ones happy and occupied. And always remember, it's okay to ask for help or take a break when you need it.

You've got this, mama!💪🏼