| Hi Taylor
- Spending tons more time with my kids while we stay away from the
crowds and summer camps. I'm loving every second of it but running
out of ideas for entertainment and don't want to watch TV all day.
Got any tips for an overwhelmed father of two? - Justin
Hi Justin - Shout out to all the moms and full-time parents, because
entertaining your kids all day, every day is no easy task. We've picked
up a trick or two over the years to make sure everyone stays happy
when leaving the house isn't an option.
into the backs of the cabinets. If your kids are young enough,
the sight of a new toy or Tupperware container might be enough.
Head to the garage, the pantry, or the basement and find the funkiest
old container or contraption you can. I once took the wheels off
an old, broken stroller and taped a few of them together, which
led to hours of rolling entertainment and didn't cost me a dime.
If you can get just a little bit creative, you might surprise
yourself and make something out of nothing.
2. Play creative games. For kids a little older, you might
be able to get away with having them do the thinking. Get a piece
of cardboard and some pens and have them invent a board game,
or turn the living room into a jungle with different habitats
identified for the different types of animals. If you have a sporty
little child who misses organized baseball or soccer, see if they'll
come up with their own team name and design a uniform. You can
still play to a kid's interests while they aren't able to engage
in the usual activities. Collaborate with your children on creative
ideas and see what you can come up with.
3. Get productive. I know this is a particularly hard time
for teenagers, who don't want to play games and you don't want
to see them glued to a phone all day. It's no easy feat, but challenging
them to create a video, design an app, build a website, or write
a short story could actually be the push they need to get invested
in a hobby. While teens might not love school, a lot of them appreciate
the reward of working to get better at something, especially if
it's something they can share with friends online.
| These are hard
times for everyone and doubly hard for a lot of parents. I appreciate
you making the extra effort and look forward to hearing about how
it all goes!
© Taylor Kovar
July 20, 2020
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