Most of us think that being isolated in our homes is a pain. We aren’t going to work, can’t hang out with friends, have binged just about every decent Netflix, Prime, and Disney original, and are anxiously awaiting our YouTuber’s to upload their next video. And we recently wrote a list of how to efficiently work from home.

However most can’t even begin to imagine the struggles of parents. Those stuck at home with any number of children are having an exponentially more difficult time. Trying to entertain the kids every day is a task unto itself, let alone trying to maintain a home and retain your sanity.

Well we’ve put together a short list of things you can do that will hopefully make your life a little easier. Try some or all of these ideas and let us know if it made your very long summer holidays any more bearable.

The Basics

First and foremost, the most obvious ways to entertain your younglings, is through TV, internet, and video games. These are the things your kids love and the things they’re gonna do regardless.

To be honest, now isn’t the time to be a super parent and have your kids eating the best foods or being incredibly productive. So long as you can keep them alive, healthy, and yourself sane, then you’ll be doing grand. So don’t be afraid to hand them a controller or an iPad and let them loose.

Be Creative

Obviously, you don’t want your kids doing nothing all day every day, and they’re gonna get bored of TV too.

So it’s important to get them exploring other sides of their brain. Namely, the creative side that makes them feel fufilled. This could be as simple as handing them some crayons and a piece of paper, or you could have them singing, dancing, creating little performances, writing, painting, or even help you in cooking. Allow them to be creative in the ways they want and let it flow.

Learn A Skill

If you are the kind of parent who wants your kids to be productive and making the most of these weeks or months stuck inside, then how about helping them learn a new skill.

Obviously, we don’t expect you to teach them how to play piano, but there’s no reason you can’t help them learn to knit/sew, cook something easy, clean, do creative writing, tend a garden, put on a bandage, manage money, or some basic self-defense. There’s no shortage of things you can teach them. Just find the thing they actually want to learn and run with it.

Create A Schedule

And lastly, we think the single most important way to survive however long this isolation will last, is to create a daily schedule and stick to it.

Kids are used to daily routines at school, and you definitely need to recreate that environment at home. Wake them up at the same time everyday, get them dressed, do their school work if they have it, then set about doing some of the activities listed above. By the end of the summer, you might be amazed at how quickly and painlessly the time passed. Good luck.