A tough day at work can be incredibly draining. While you may just want to kick back and relax, if you have children, that might not be an option. You can’t always expect kids to know how to entertain themselves, so you need to have options available to ensure you can give their energy some place to go.
If you’ve had a tough day at work, here are five easy ways to keep your kids entertained.
Schedule a Playdate
Most school-age children can play together with very little adult supervision. If your child has a close friend, consider arranging a playdate so they can spend time together and keep each other entertained. Aside from ensuring they have something to eat or drink on occasion, you can likely leave them to their own devices.
Plus, if you make play dates a regular occurrence, you may be able to share hosting duties with another parent. Then, if you have another tough day at work, your child may be able to visit their friend, giving you a chance to relax and rejuvenate.
Breakout the Art Supplies
Most kids enjoy arts & crafts, and they can work with little supervision if you select the right supplies. Depending on their ages, you can limit their options to items that either make very little mess (like markers that only work on special paper) or are easy for them to clean up themselves.
Plus, arts & crafts can be a fairly quiet independent activity for kids. If you would rather be in the same room, you don’t necessarily have to worry about excess noise adding to your stress.
Go to the Playground
If you have a very active child, heading over to a neighborhood playground can be an excellent way to keep them entertained. Most school-age children can run around on their own, giving you a chance to kick back on a bench and relax while they have some fun.
Try Toys and Puzzles
Children with active imaginations can spend hours entertaining themselves with toys. However, they can also get bored with certain ones very quickly, decreasing the odds they will stay engaged.
If you want to make sure your child is occupied with their toys when you need a break, consider rotating which toys are available. By stashing and reintroducing different ones on a regular schedule, you can make the old ones seem like new in the eyes of a child.
Puzzles are also an excellent way to keep a kid’s attention focused on a task. Manufacturers make jigsaw puzzles targeted to a wide variety of age groups, featuring suitably sized and numbers of pieces as well as pictures that will draw them in.
If your child is old enough to use a tablet, consider loading a few educational games onto the device. Many kids enjoy using technology, and child-friendly apps focused on learning can ensure their screen time is beneficial.
Before you hand over your tablet, make sure you set your device to require a password for purchases. Otherwise, your child may spend some of your hard-earned money simply because they don’t realize the items in the store have a price tag.
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All of the options above can help keep your kids entertained after you’d have a tough day at work. If you’d like to know more, the team at PrideStaff can help. Contact us to speak with a knowledgeable member of our staff today and see how our work-life balance expertise can benefit you.