How are your kids keeping entertained at the weekends? (Multiple choice)
ipads, TV and video games consoles
Arts, crafts LEGO and other indoor activities Family board games Outdoor activities such as bike riding and scooting We have a swimming pool Other
46% 28% 24% 7% ‘Other’,
Of those who said lots of kids were described as getting into baking and cooking during their weekends, while others helped with chores, did their homework or played in paddling pools set up on apartment balconies.
How are you keeping children focused during distance-learning?
It’s an issue Time Out UAE Kids has revisited several times in recent months, and the eternal question in parent groups across the emirates (and indeed around the world). While many parents said they were leaving their kids to it, and nding that they embraced the responsibility for their own learning, other parents faced greater battles, as evidence by the volume of responses our survey received along the lines of “How can you?” and “With great dif culty”. Many parents also referenced the challenges of doing their own work / jobs, at the same time as overseeing their children’s schooling. While many cited creating routines and using rewards systems, others admitted they were not above – or bothered about dressing up – good old-fashioned bribery.
During social distancing, what are the main challenges for the family?
In this question, respondents were given freedom to write as little or as much as they wished, to share the obstacles they’d encountered. Many said the greatest dif culties were faced with kids under the age of 12, who missed their friends and playing outside, while others said that with the whole family spending their entire day around each other, day in, day out, arguments and bickering had become routine.
What have been the positives or the upsides to social distancing for the family?
While the past few months have undoubtedly had their dif culties, almost every response to this question cited the increased amount of time or meals spent together as a family, with some making particular reference to dads getting more time with their kids. Only eight out of 239 respondents said there had been no positives.