In the midst of the global pandemic, many of us are suddenly working from home AND trying to homeschool children or keep little ones occupied. What are some things you are doing that have been a success in helping you balance everything? Or, do you have a funny story to share about something that has maybe not worked so well?
I'm working from home with 4 little ones, ages 7 months to 5 1/2 years. My oldest is in kindergarten, so she has daily assignments. Fortunately her workload is on the small side. Some days she works on her assignments in the morning, and her brothers (ages 2 and 3) either color or sort things. (a few years ago, I saved up a collection of those little colorful caps from the fruit/veggie pouches - they are great for sorting into rainbow colored cups or bowls. If you don't have colored cups/bowls, try cutting out a square of colored paper and taping it to a cup or other container.). Some days my daughter waits and completes her assignments in the afternoon while the others nap. Or, if she did her homework in the morning, she might work on a craft. If she does a small chore, I let her play on her tablet.
We've been doing our best to limit screen time, though we have been letting the kids watch a little Disney plus in the late morning some (let's be honest - most) days. We've been having gorgeous weather though, so we make up for it by spending lots of time outside in place of evening screen time. I've been enjoying playing in my garden since I don't have to commute now!
Stay home and stay healthy, everyone!
Kelly Farabee P.E., M.ASCE