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How I'm Keeping My Kids Busy At Home

Parenting is hard no matter what, but right now is a particularly tough time to be a parent. Between zoom school, WFH, and all the closures of your child's favorite activities, entertaining a kid has never felt more impossible or important. Despite all of this you need to remember to give yourself a break!

There are some things you can do to keep your child in a good routine this year, like learning a new skill that will be easier for them to pick up at a younger age. Jump on this opportunity to enrich your child's daily learning outside of school that's still fun and useful.

Here are 3 things you don't want your little one to miss out on right now:

1. Learn a second language

Kids under the age of 10 are in the window of opportunity — the prime time their brains are wired to learn languages, making it more natural and easier for them to pick up a second. After the window closes it only gets harder to learn a new language, so why not take advantage of it now? BBC had the same thought, and that's why their experts created Muzzy.

Muzzy is a language-learning program that uses cartoons to teach kids German, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Italian, and English. Your child will learn up to 1200 words and phrases through videos, online games, worksheets, and songs — it's the epitome of guilt-free screen time. You get to sit back and relax while your kiddos are engaged, learning, and most importantly having fun.

The experts at Muzzy have crafted a program that works and is affordable. This subscription starts at $3.29 a month for 2 years, $4.92 a month for 1 year, and $9.70 a month for 3 months, so forget private tutors or in-person classes this is the best deal out there for kid's foreign language learning.

2. Chores around the house

Fill those empty hours with some fun household chores your kids can take off your hands. Putting away their legos, tidying up the bookshelf, and even wiping down some tables will help them learn tidiness.

The habits they form now will translate in the future; it's one thing to be a messy 7-year-old but another to be a messy 27-year-old. Take this time to help reinforce cleaning up after games, helping straighten up family spaces, and finding the joy in a tidy home.

3. Learn healthy eating habits

Sometimes the fastest option for food isn't the healthiest, and during a busy school year, we understand the need for speed when it comes to mealtimes. However, now that your family is spending more time at home than ever before, you can try to sneak in some healthier habits for your kids.

Healthy doesn't mean bad-flavor and that's exactly the hurdle you need to face. Try stocking your fridge with some kid-friendly snacks like Tupperware with baby carrots, pre-sliced cucumbers, and bright colored pre-cut peppers. Make them easy to access and even try some less-healthy but still yummy dips to entice them like ranch.

Get these good habits going now and set your child up for future success. Learning a new language with Muzzy will really put them ahead. A second language boosts problem-solving, critical thinking, and listening skills. It also improves memory, concentration, and the ability to multitask.

Don't forget though that no matter what, you're doing your best and that's all that matters. Parenting is hard. We hope that between Muzzy, the chores, and healthy snacks you get the time you need for yourself. Good luck this year and remember — you got this.

Update: Muzzy is offering a limited time sale: Save up to 67% off a subscription if you purchase today!

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