No camp for kids this summer? How to entertain your children while you work from home

Brett Molina, USA Today

If you’re a parent working from home while helping your kids navigate end of the school year distance learning, give yourself a pat on the back.

It’s June, which means the school year is likely already over or near its conclusion. Whether your child graduated high school or made the move up to the next grade, they crossed the finish line.

But now comes a more challenging feat: keeping them entertained this summer. If you’re among the families with kids staying at home all summer with no camp options, the most important thing to do is not place too much pressure on yourself.

“Take a lot of deep breaths and set the bar low,” says Audrey Monke, author of the book “Happy Campers,” who has experience as a camp director.

If you’re telecommuting this summer with kids at home, here’s how to give them a camplike experience:

Don’t worry too much about the screen time

Maybe you feel really guilty about your kids having too much screen time lately. Devorah Heitner, author of the book “Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) In Their Digital World,” says what your kids consume – using screens for educational reasons as opposed to scrolling YouTube – matters more.