Hi there and welcome to The Parenting Clubhouse Podcast. This is week three of four of my podcast support for you during this COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve talked about parenting positively amidst all of the negativity around us. We’ve talked about using daily schedules to our advantage to curb those unwanted behaviors. And today we are talking about activities to keep our kids busy during this time of social distancing. I don’t know about you but for me keeping my son occupied without playing with other children has been a difficult thing for this mama to overcome. I’ll fill you in on the details later on.
Before we head to the show, I have a freebie that tags along perfectly to our topic today. It’s my Activities for Keeping Unideal Behavior at Bay. You can download that at www.bit.ly/activitiesfreebie or www.lauralynnlapointe.com/activitiesfreebie
Now let’s get to it! Let’s head to the show!
This pandemic has caused physical, emotional, mental, and financial trauma throughout the world, and I don’t take that lightly. But parents are also experiencing their own problems or difficulties at home.
Usually we can handle our kids telling us they're bored, and under usual circumstances, we have plenty of activities to keep our kids occupied. But in these times we have to keep our distance from others. That means: not going out and about like we used to, restricting playing with other kids in the neighborhood, and overall not really getting to interact with other kids or other parents.
On top of that, a lot of children don’t really understand social distancing, so it makes it that much more difficult. Plus, we are trying to work from home, and that’s tough.
Luckily I’ve got a freebie that is full of different activities that don’t break the bank, that require lots of things we already have laying around at home, that are educational, and that could take up a good chunk of time. It's my Activities for Keeping Unideal Behavior at Bay downloadable list and it’s available at www.bit.ly/activitiesfreebie.
It’s full of examples, like building a house out of recycled materials, baking a dessert from scratch, and making and testing a parachute. Plus, it includes activities that are based in STEM: science, technology, engineering, math, which makes them educational in nature.
But what’s amazing is that we may have a hidden solution here.
It is not just that these activities take up our kids’ time so we can get our work done. They may also decrease those unwanted behaviors like whining, tattling, or tantrums.
Why? Because when our kids are busy with activities, they are occupied. They have something to do. They are engaged. When they are engaged, they are less likely to have those pesky fights with siblings or constantly ask for a snack or whine to you that they are bored.
And this means you can get your work done (without it being midnight). You can enjoy your cup of coffee. You can overhear your children giggling and playing. It’s fun. It’s better!
And remember, these are fun ideas to keep your kids occupied and engaged so you can be kept sane.
But if you’re still having issues with challenging behaviors at home, check out my Regain Control course available at www.bit.ly/regaincontrolnow.
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