The pandemic taught us all a lot of things. For parents, with the little ones at home more than ever before, it was a stark reminder of how much it takes to entertain our children. It’s easy to forget how much work it takes, especially when teachers and carers take on this responsibility most of the time.
The problem is that as parents, we have things to do – despite how much our children want to be entertained. Between working from home, running errands, and getting things done around the house, entertaining your kids can feel like another item being added to a never-ending list.
Don’t worry, we are here to help. Here is how to keep your children entertained when you’re busy.
Board Games and Card Games
Games are a great way to keep your children entertained. The trick is to have a few on hand so that your kids have options. The great news is that there are plenty to choose from. In fact, there will likely be editions of your kid’s favourite TV shows and characters.
Before you leave them to play, make sure that they understand the rules (to avoid disputes), and that the games are age-appropriate so they can enjoy themselves.
Screen time is a great way to keep your kids in one place and entertained rather easily. It’s important that you choose the right content. In fact, there are some great free kids cartoons that are available that will not only entertain your kids but educate them as well.
These cartoons will teach them the important lessons of life and give them a few laughs too!
Reading is an essential life skill for everyone, so it’s important to develop this skill as much as possible from a young age. This is why getting your kids to fall in love with books is so beneficial. Plus, when their nose is buried in a book, you can get on with the things that you need to do.
Don’t be afraid to trail books – your kids won’t love everything, but there is a book out there for every child.
Help around the House
If you have a few things you need to do around the house, why get some help from your little ones? Depending on their age, you may be able to get them to do a few simple things that will help to lighten your load.
If your kids seem reluctant, you can try offering little rewards such as sweets.
Short on ideas for entertainment? Why not enlist the help of your children’s friends! Organising play dates may mean that you only need to supervise your kids every alternate week, and then you’ll get some time to yourself!
As long as you have a few toys and games, your kids will be entertained so you can get other things done.
Follow the tips in this guide, and you’ll be able to entertain your kids and tick off a few more things on your to-do list.