3 Positive Ways To Keep Children Engaged When Working From Home

There’s no denying it: juggling working from home with children has its challenges. Most parents will agree that having your child around your home office can be tricky. While the occasional Zoom call interruptions can be cute, there is a better way. 

In this article, you can find some great activities that children can engage in with limited parental supervision. What’s more, these activities require no special equipment and will engage children in a manner that’s beneficial for their well-being. Read on to discover some great ways to keep your children occupied.

Learning Through YouTube

The easiest way to keep a child occupied is through videos. All screen time is not harmful. “This is a global pandemic. These are difficult times. You need to adjust your expectations,” says Maryam Abdullah, Ph.D., parenting program director at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. So, don’t feel guilty about handing your child a device. 

Instead, give this activity a productive twist. The easiest way to do so is to choose videos that are educational while still being entertaining. YouTube is the go-to medium for such content with an assortment of channels that provide. We recommend using channels such as Art for Kids Hub, Geography Now, and Crash Course.

Movie Time

While YouTube is a great medium to find captivating educational content, movies can also provide children with stories that engage their imaginations and creativity. For this activity, the key is the choice of a movie for the child. 

A great place to start is by choosing a movie created by studios that are renowned for films that teach children life lessons such as Pixar, Disney, and Studio Ghibli. Howl’s Moving Castle and Inside Out are two movies that are great for children and adults alike. 

Writing a Letter

This activity can be done both ways, with or without a device. Staying at home for extended durations can cause feelings of social isolation, especially for older children who are no longer to spend time with their friends or relatives. 

Encourage your child to take some time out to stay in touch with someone they care about, whether it’s a family member or a friend. This activity not only helps children socialise but also helps them stay in touch with their own emotions. You can encourage your children to correspond with their grandparents or other elder relatives, who will certainly appreciate hearing from the children in these socially distanced times. 

Different activities can work with different children and there are many more ways that children can be occupied with limited supervision such as by encouraging them to develop a reading habit or a hobby, or keeping them busy with puzzle games and lego. Whatever activity you choose, just be sure to have fun!

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