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13-03-2020, 15:10   #1
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Covid-19 House Arrest Strategies

What is everyone doing while the schools and creches are closed? We've a 7 and 4 year old (plus baby who just wants milk and naps) to keep entertained and I can see it being a long few weeks.

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We have a 3yr old and 11mth old here. I'm a stay at home parent so ive to entertain them for half the day everyday anyways. But there will be lots of painting going on here. We also make playdough so a lock of that will be made, the making of the playdough is also part of the fun. We'll go for short walks up the road, possibly more than once a day if the weather allows. Playing out in the garden. A bit of baking. Jigsaws are a big hit here as well as books. There will be a bit of TV to allow me to do the few bits around the house. Outside of that there will be a lot of free play, just generally letting the 3 yr old potter about with whatever is keeping her entertained and she's usually pretty good at including the 11mth old as well. Meals can be dragged out a bit as well. Include them in the prep and tidy up.
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13-03-2020, 16:36   #3
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We are ok as one parent is already on a WFH directive and it's highly possible I might end up on that too.



Local vice principal has started an activities blog for the kids on social media which sounds great.
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I think I’m going to start tomorrow by putting half the toys we own into the shed, to make a bit of space. We’re falling over stuff here.
Bought some crafting supplies today, but I’ve a 2, 4 and 8 year old, and while I can work with the older two, the two yr old wrecks everything!!!
There will be paining, play doh, lots of printables for colouring. I’m not going to lie, I will be relying on the tv also to preserve my sanity
I sincerely hope the weather dries up a bit too!
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I'll be relying on wine I think...
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Are we up to 99 already?

That escalated quickly...
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Were working from home but not easy with a 3 year old.

I went to art/hobby style shop + let him pick out some stuff.

He has spent today playing in garden with bubbles, drawing on blackboard + playing with his garage/ transformers. Actually went better then I thought as we are trying to work so loads of arts/crafts hard as we have to help him while trying to work.

The bribe of a little bit of tv at end of day also helped!
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I might go to woodies next week and buy a pot of blackboard paint and a bit of marine ply.
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We have a 3yr old and 11mth old here. I'm a stay at home parent so ive to entertain them for half the day everyday anyways. But there will be lots of painting going on here. We also make playdough so a lock of that will be made, the making of the playdough is also part of the fun. We'll go for short walks up the road, possibly more than once a day if the weather allows. Playing out in the garden. A bit of baking. Jigsaws are a big hit here as well as books. There will be a bit of TV to allow me to do the few bits around the house. Outside of that there will be a lot of free play, just generally letting the 3 yr old potter about with whatever is keeping her entertained and she's usually pretty good at including the 11mth old as well. Meals can be dragged out a bit as well. Include them in the prep and tidy up.
I stay at home too, we have a 16 mth old, 3 and 6 yr old. The hardest part about this is keeping them away from my husband who’s trying to work. He has worked remotely in the past but usually the 3 and 6yr old are in school for part of the day so it’s easier to manage just the baby! They’re finding it hard to understand Dad is working.

I have got the older two in wellies and rain suits and out the back, they’ve been making mud cakes for a while. They will be spending a lot of time outside. We’ll bake, probably go for a daily walk around the area, paint, colouring books. I did a bit of a stock up in Mr Price for arts and crafts and bits. The older girls teacher sent home a nice list of activities they can do daily. I have absolutely zero issue with TV use, we have a good few movies downloaded they can watch.

It’s an unprecedented time. Hard to know what to do. My 6 yr old is finding it hard to understand why she can’t see her friends when right outside our window there are so many kids running about on the road. I really wish other parents would heed the instructions about keeping kids apart.
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I'll be relying on wine I think...
This too. I’ll get by with a little help from wine!
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We're actually lucky on the front as the kids are used to my husband working from home. He works a minimum of 3 days here, sometimes 5 days and then most Saturdays are spent with him working on videos for his side hobby and we just say he's working when he's at that aswell.

We also live in the countryside so meeting up with the local kids is usually done via parents. She's only 3 so obviously not allowed out the front/road on her own.
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We're actually lucky on the front as the kids are used to my husband working from home. He works a minimum of 3 days here, sometimes 5 days and then most Saturdays are spent with him working on videos for his side hobby and we just say he's working when he's at that aswell.

We also live in the countryside so meeting up with the local kids is usually done via parents. She's only 3 so obviously not allowed out the front/road on her own.
I don’t let my 6yr old out on the road, it’s all done via parents. I suppose naturally she questioning why the kids on the road are allowed play together and I’m telling her she can’t have play dates etc! The questions I get from my 6yr old are totally different to the ones my 3yr old fires at me
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9 months pregnant with a 2 year old here. The two of us are climbing the walls and husband is working from home now so have to keep him away from that room too. And no wine!

Lots of painting, baking, books, singing songs etc. A few days ago he wanted to go out to dig stones with his shovel but the weather has been chronic here so I threw his Duplo on the floor and told him they were rocks. This has become a daily activity.
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Six and three year old boys here...it’s going to be a long ride!!!!

Today I wasn’t very organised so there was a fair bit of making tents/forts in the sitting room. Watched a few movies, played with lego and brought them down to the beach for half an hour for some fresh air and a runabout.

My husband is working from home but the kids would be well used to that so don’t even think of going into the office. I’m off today but childcare is up in the air for the rest of it.. my mum is the only person we could lean on and as she’s over 60 I don’t want to do that. How is everyone else coping? Tbf I think my firm is going to be fine about it but still feels a bit strange!

Going to get some extra craft supplies and a few new board games tomorrow for Monday and have lots of baking supplies so we will be grand.

So annoyed with some of my neighbours. Kids everywhere on the street and while mine didn’t notice today they will tomorrow im sure. Drove past one of the local playgrounds today and it was brimming with children and parents....couldn’t believe it!
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Youngest is 11 and she will be on school schedule. Schools have sent plenty of stuff for them to be working on with more promised for next week. No technology access during the day so it’s
Something for the evening. She has no online contact with friends from school.

Elder girl is 17 and she is studying to her school timetable. Teachers have all set work in google drive where they can do work and upload it for the teacher.

They love baking and have a list of things they want to try when they are off.

Evenings will be odd because both swim competitive and will miss training. Two early mornings and three evenings a week.

We live on our farm so lots of open spaces even if we had full lockdown.

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