How to Keep the Kids Busy While Working from Home

Posted on 05/04

With schools closed and companies transitioning to working remotely until further notice, trying to find balance with your personal and work life can be a challenge – especially with the kids around the house. It can be difficult and stressful, but not to worry. It’s a perfect opportunity to be resourceful and creative! Here are some tips to keep your kids busy.

  1. Create a schedule

Just like how it’s important for us to have a schedule to keep us on track, it’s important for the kids to have their own schedule too. Having a set schedule for the kids that coincides with yours will not only keep them preoccupied, but will provide periods of better productivity for you as well. Align your day with their activities as much as possible to stay involved with their activities. For example, your 30-minute break can turn into a quick board game session or even better, a dance party!

  1. Create a to-do list, but make it creative!

In addition to establishing a schedule, adding a daily to-do list is guaranteed to keep the kids busy for a couple of hours. Incorporating easy household chores and fun activities will work to your advantage by allowing you to work in peace. Rather than making a regular to-do list, write the activities & chores on popsicle sticks, and place them all in a cup. Whenever they get bored, let them pick from the cup. Whatever’s written on the stick, they have to do! This ensures that they’re having fun but staying productive as well.

  1. Plan a huge art project

Another fool proof way to keep them busy for an entire morning or afternoon while you’re catching up on emails is to start a project that will take them a few hours each day to work on. Not only will this keep them busy, but they will also look forward to it every day. With the amount of art project ideas you can find online, your kids are guaranteed to have lots of fun.

  1. Create science experiments

This is for all the up-and-coming mad scientists! Creating science experiments at home will not only keep things exciting at home, but also spark their interest in science. Who knows, maybe science might end up being their new favourite subject.

  1. Take advantage of educational resources, TV shows and apps

Even if your kids already have online classes set up, make sure they are still learning outside of their virtual classroom. Take advantage of educational resources as Khan Academy and Scholastic (?). Educational television shows, online virtual museum tours and mobile apps are just as helpful, but make sure they don’t get distracted with social media!

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COVID-19 UPDATE FROM LIV COMMUNITIES

As we all navigate through these unprecedented times, please be advised that LIV Communities’ priority is ensuring the well-being of our customers, employees, trades, suppliers, as well as our communities.   As we continue to closely monitor the risks associated with COVID-19, we are taking all necessary precautions as guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Canada and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To support the well-being of our team members, we have adjusted to remote work schedules, remote and virtual meetings, as well as implemented social distancing and enhanced cleaning measures to ensure that our environments remain as safe as possible across our organization and within communities.

We have proactively set up all employees to be able to work efficiently in a remote environment, so rest assured, your phone calls and emails will be attended to. We are communicating regularly with homeowners on an individual and departmental basis.

Please see below for department updates made the morning of Monday, March 23rd.  As always, please feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] or 289.245.1300 for any general inquiries.

Head Office: Our Service Department has resumed services as of Monday, July 20th. Staff will be taking necessary precautions as set out by Health Canada and the Government of Ontario to ensure the safety of all employees and purchasers. Due to the temporary backlog, homeowners will be contacted in order of closing dates and by priority sequence. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Service Department: All service is temporarily suspended.  Emergency situations must be directed to [email protected], or by contacting 905.971.0786.

Site Construction Teams: Our Service Department has resumed services as of Monday, July 20th. Staff will be taking necessary precautions as set out by Health Canada and the Government of Ontario to ensure the safety of all employees and purchasers. Due to the temporary backlog, homeowners will be contacted in order of closing dates and by priority sequence. Your patience is greatly appreciated.

Décor Centre: As of April 27th, our Décor Studio will be available for appointments for our homeowners. The Décor Studio continues to be closed for all browsing and visitors.

The wellbeing of our clients and staff are paramount and we are taking all precautionary measures to ensure we maintain the highest possible standards surrounding health and safety. We have implemented the following increased preventative measures:

  • Up to 2 adult visitors per home who are on the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, per appointment. No children under the age of 18.
  • Plexi barriers have been installed at work stations.
  • Ample hand-sanitizer will be provided and increased frequency of disinfecting areas has been implemented.
  • Vigilant hygiene practices will be enforced during appointments.
  • Employees have also been reminded to take increased measures to reduce the risk of transmission of illness and to stay home if they are sick.

Our décor staff will also be screening clients when booking appointments, as well as prior to entry into the building. Individuals will be asked a series of health questions, as well as travel history.

If you are a homeowner with questions or concerns, please reach out to [email protected], or phone 905.304.0471.

Thank you for your understanding and wishing everyone the best of health,

The LIV Communities Team