Schools are closed, you’re working from home, and you can’t have your kid stay over at their grandparents’ place. This situation means that parents are spending more time than ever before with their adorable munchkins. Now, they’re getting into all kinds of trouble and driving their parents bananas!
Bored Panda has collected some of the very best pics showing the struggles and joys of parenting during the quarantine. Life can be very fun(ny) when you’re with your kids all day, every day. However, that means that having activities to keep your children busy is more important than before.
Scroll down, upvote your faves, and share your own stories about the coronavirus lockdown in the comments below, dear Pandas. When you’re done enjoying this list, be sure to check out our post with some great advice on homeschooling your children during the quarantine right here.
Y’all I’m Dying! This Is Ben’s Journal Entry From Monday About Our First “Home School” Day. That Last Sentence
I Know The C-Virus Is Scary, But Try Working With A 4 Year-Old Dressed Like Spiderman Perched On The Kitchen Table Behind You. Day 6
You’re trying to finish your report right before the deadline, but your kid is running around pretending to be a superhero. Or you want to sit down and watch some TV, but that’s the moment you realize that your toddler broke it. Ah, the wonders of parenting! It’s a challenge, but there are things you can do so you can focus on your work.
For instance, Allyssa McCabe, a psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts, told The Atlantic that it’s easier to keep kids busy during the workday without supervision the older they are. But for those readers out there who have young kids, don’t panic just yet!
“For young children, independent play is tough. They really need social interaction. Parents will be tempted to hand over an iPhone or iPad or the like. This is understandable, but parents should also know that the younger the child, the worse this is for their language and cognitive development.”
It’s A Trap
Instead of making your kid sit surrounded with electronic devices all day long, it’s best to go for something that will actually help with their development. Give them art supplies or Play-Doh to get them creating!
Meanwhile, Michelle Martin, a professor at the University of Washington’s Informations School and the founder of a children’s summer literacy program, recommended that parents play their kids some audiobooks.
You’ll be able to focus on work and your child will be engaged and learning. And the best part? While your kid’s listening to Harry Potter, you can sneakily listen in, too, when you’re taking a break. Now that’s a win-win situation if we’ve ever seen one!
“Daaaad, We’re Bored!” (Day 1 Of Lockdown) “Ummm Ok, Strip This Laptop Down, And This Desktop, And Then Rebuild Them”
My god it’s the most peace and quiet I’ve had all week!
The New Office View
My Son Discovered That I’m Not Really At Work, But Am Working From Home
Schools And Sports Are Cancelled. Social Distancing. I Have Three Kids. Our Cozy Fort
My Kiddo Cut His Hair Yesterday, Then Agreed To Let Me Have A Little Fun With It Before We Fixed It
Using My Tears To Clean The Crusted Green Paint Speckled All Over Our House
I Run A DnD Campaign For My 5-Year-Old And 3-Year-Old. Here Is Our Health And Initiative Tracker
Tired Of Your Kids Barging In While You Try To Get Some Work Done At Home? Underwear On The Doorknob Works Wonders
We Went From “Home-Schooling” To A Roller Skating Party Real Quick
I’m Regretting Panic Buying $100 Worth Of LEGO’s To End Up With My Children Ignoring Them And Instead Playing With A Cardboard Box And A Can Lid For The Last 2 Hours
While The World Is Fighting Over Toilet Paper, My Toddler Is Giving Ours A Bath