California Moms guide to free time

Tomi Marie Cook

6 ways to keep a toddler entertained while working from home.

Being a pregnant stay at home home while working and juggling all mom life has to offer is tough.

Over the last 10 months during my pregnancy & the first month with baby aurora and this pandemic with being home practicing social distancing, It has been so challenging to find ways to keep our kids happy and entertained, while also keeping our sanity.

If your like me and have to juggle and schedule everything so it all gets done. Keep reading cause I've found a few things that work for us.

The main thing is keeping your child happy while also giving them attention. But secretly having a break.

Khalil (age 3) is very independent so when it comes to doing chores around the house we involve him this builds structure and responsibilities at a young age.
He will dust the house or something small but still feel like he is helping a ton. (While not getting in the way of us doing the bigger chores)
Small chores like picking up his toys, vacuuming the floor, helping with laundry and folding and dusting have been our go to, Its not alot of work and it helps us to build and grow as a family while influencing responsible activity.

I work from home and with being pregnant I had little to no energy and was put on bed rest at 28 weeks into my pregnancy. This was very challenging for us all as a family. Just like most households I do most of the house duties, laundry, cooking, cleaning and basics. While working from home I had to find ways to keep Khalil happy while I would get a few hours of work in.
Blocks were a huge hit we have a few verity of blocks, and he would build towers, little houses for his little people. If your kids are like mine you would know that all that brain activity and playing makes kids super hungry so We would take breaks for snacks/lunch and that gives me a solid hour or two.
While they play than eat.

Mind you this didn't always work most of the time he wanted all of my attention so I would also try to involve him by letting him learn his letters using the laptop spelling and counting in WordPad, he would pretend he was working and making grocery lists and to do list, As he sees me do this often.
Alot of the time he would just sing songs and we would sing together counting and singing was his favorite.
I would also play music and he would just dance and sing.

Playing cars/trains, Khalil loves cars and trains and he would use his imagination and build a car wash or garage for his cars using the blocks and this would keep him busy for a big chunk of time so I could cross off things on my to do list for the day. Racing and building jumps for his cars helps him play longer too.

We also do some quite time and this would be either watching a show or movie on TV, he loves paw patrol and cocomelon. Reading a book, drawing pictures or playing on our favorite apps such as ABCMouse on his tablet or even coloring games and learning game apps for his age.

This is a perfect unstrusctured activity for him to relax and rest and also give us a much needed break.

Have a designated play area where your kids can play and you can work.
There's times I would just sit by the computer answering emails or writing and working while he just plays with his toys in the playroom.. while still having me close by if he needed anything.

He loves cooking so his food truck and kitchen keep him fairly busy when I wanna get a load of work done in a chunk of time while he plays. I do order food from him cause mamas get hungry too which he loves and it feels like I'm playing with him while working, Which is a huge win cause we're both happy.

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