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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.

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