Raise your hand if you are working from home while your children are running around during our current quarantine situation! Just raised my hand too, friend!
Working full time from home always sounded amazing, but let me be the first to tell you that this is NOT how I envisioned it, can I get an amen? I pictured the dog curled up beside me, listening to podcasts in a nice, quiet house while the kiddos were at school. Clearly, during this current pandemic, things look much different than the dream scenario.
So how are you keeping your kids busy? I was at a loss when we would complete the required things from the teachers of my children, so I turned to someone that I knew would have answers to help me out!
I was first introduced to Vanessa Kynes through one of my favorite weekly podcasts – she didn’t know me from Adam but I loved listening to all of her advice and she opened my eyes to the wonderful world of Pinterest and how to use it for business strategy! I quickly learned that she is also a homeschool mom for her three precious daughters!
As soon as I began looking for ways to not just keep my children busy, but keep their brains occupied, I knew I had to turn to Vanessa to find out how she handles homeschooling AND running a successful business from home!
I HAD to share all of her tips with you, so I invited her as a guest blogger so we could give you all the details – because we are all in this together, right?!
Without further ado…here is Vanessa, in her own words!
Thank you so much Magan for hosting me on your blog!
Hi, I’m Vanessa Kynes and I am a Pinterest Marketing Strategist at vanessakynes.com. I am also a homeschooler to three girls, ages 9,8, and 3.
As a homeschooling mama who also runs a Pinterest management consultancy, I have learned that working while the kids are at home can be done. You can have a successful business and make choices about your time. You can teach your children to be independent and learn on their own too.
Teaching your children to be independent takes time and training. Here are some of my favorite activities for occupying their time so you can get some office work done too!
Listening to podcasts is one of my kids’ favorite activities! If your child is a reluctant reader or gets distracted easily, podcasts are a great way to improve their reading comprehension as well as get an easy 30 minutes to an hour of work done!
Here are some of my favorites for our kids and elementary ages:
If your children begin to listen to podcasts independently (without interrupting you), then they might be ready for longer chunks of time with read aloud books. My children often draw and color while listening to these books. Your child might enjoy building with blocks or LEGO too. Here are some of our favorite books:
While messy, arts and crafts are a great time for your children to explore, learn, and create! My girls are motivated by doing crafts alone and hopefully, yours are too.
Some of our favorite crafts include play-dough, Kinetic sand, watercolor paints, water beads, and ironing beads! You can find some of our favorite kits (that have been a big hit) below:
Science AND play? Can you say multitasking? I’ve seen a lot of e-learning plans from friends in the past few weeks that include STEM learning to replace science curriculum. Kids love building and these kits below are some of my girls FAVORITES, time and time again!
While your school may have issued e-learning tools and curriculum for your children while you ‘homeschool’, transitioning from a traditional school environment to a computer led system isn’t easy!
It took me a full year to feel confident in my homeschooling experience (and sometimes that still wavers). Teaching math to an upper elementary child isn’t easy! These tools below can help you bridge the gap for your child (and some are free too!).
Remember, be patient with yourself and your kids as you teach and train them to be independent. Give them choices, but also use some of these fun activities as an incentive to getting their e-learning or homeschooling work done. And don’t forget:
Let them explore and know, this too shall pass…
Interested in more work from home mom tips? Want to see an example of my daily schedule? You can read more in this post!
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