Even though we’re all feeling a little bit stir crazy during quarantine, few people have it worse than parents. These brave souls are now stuck 24/7 with their demon offspring, trying to find ways to entertain not just themselves, but also other humans. It’s an impossible task.
Thankfully for us all, Jimmy Fallon is not letting parents suffer alone. He put out a call on Twitter: how are you handling the quarantine with your kids? Do you have any parenting hacks? Unsurprisingly, the answers are gold. Ranging from actually good parenting advice to instructions on how to hide while your children run rampant and destroy the house, these hacks may not have been what Jimmy expected but they’re definitely what he needed.
If you’re trying to understand how to handle your offspring through this quarantine, you have to take a look at these parenting hacks. Even when they’re not practical, we promise you’ll laugh.
This mom set up a workout in her garage and ran all of her boys through it. Wear them out, then they’ll have no energy to bother you.
You have to exercise the mind. This kiddo and his parent are too wholesome. They’re writing stories together!
No age is too young to learn poker right? Especially if you explain how betting works. That’s important to teach ’em young.
This little one is practicing cooking. She does have a unique take on pasta. I wonder if it gets more flavor when you handle each individual noodle thoroughly?
This is the “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie-pop” of the new generation.
But if you’re brave enough to risk stepping on one of those tiny jerks, this experiment could be pretty fun.
And yes, that does include finding the exact perfect spot to nap in the house, even if it’s a little bit unorthodox.
Taste tests are an experiment right? Especially if they involve candy or chocolate. The best experiments.
This looks incredibly gross, but maybe it will impress upon your children the importance of not leaving food out.
Let them help you with your deep cleaning projects. Welcome to adulthood kids, it’s awful!
If there are Nerf guns in your house it’s time to find a door with a lock and simply hide. There’s no coming back.
Can you imagine being locked in a closet by someone who’s less than half your size? The indignity!
Their games have no names, but result in destroyed furniture.
But this actually sounds like an incredibly fun game and I’m writing it down for when I’m allowed to be near my friends again.
Here’s a fun game: create your own clothes only out of things you can find in the house. Hold a fashion show.
And in this time of hoarding what better material to use than toilet paper? Fun plus it makes you look incredibly wealthy.
Small baby plus painting? You may actually have some good memories that come out of this quarantine.
Normal games can happen inside! Sometimes it also will give you a secondary game like “how do I walk down the hallway when it’s full of cornhole?”
If you joke, and your kids believe you, are you lying? And does anyone care if you’re lying as long as your kids go outside?
This little one has taken it into her own hands to make sure her family survives quarantine with enough TP.
This little girl has become the queen of all snacks, and none shall defeat her (because she is strong with snacks).
And yet somehow he seems to be in charge of bed arrangements. It’s not ideal.
You can find other ways to let them be themselves. Like this AMAZING dance.
A scavenger hunt sounds like just the solution for antsy kids who need to move their bodies and their brains.
Do you think we can convince the children of today that they’re still fun? Seems unlikely.
“Do your homework or you have to give mommy a massage” sounds about like my parenting speed.
The priority at this point is keeping kids entertained and not crying. If that means riding a mattress down the stairs, then so be it.
If a kid’s emotions have to be sacrificed then that’s a price mom is willing to pay.
True joy comes from stuffing pillows down your shirts together. It’s not about kids vs. parents.
Or have the kids teach each other, like this older brother teaching his younger brother music. The real hack is that you can get your older kid to parent if you call it “teaching”.
You may end up making a dare you can’t take back, and then you have to stare at a child in dentures for the foreseeable future. Some things you can’t unsee.
If you have teenagers, all you have to do is ignore them. They’ve been social distancing masters forever.
But it will only happen if you do something truly sweet, like reviving a tradition from their youth.
The truest challenge is the great outdoors. If you are firm of will, you can be like this mom and refuse to give in.
If your child has athletic prowess do not attempt to sport with them unprepared. Cover yourself in protective garb to make sure you’re safe.
But who has maple trees and all the equipment for making maple syrup just sitting around? These people I guess.
You can use visual aids like Barbies if you need to! It will be everyone’s new favorite game: quarantine Barbie.
Build a fort in your living room and show your children how they’ll live in the woods after civilization has collapsed. It’ll be fun!
Marshmallows and video games? Yes, this is my ideal version of camping thank you very much.
You can have your kid write some thank you notes, like this cute little Darth. I think this parent is single-handedly keeping civilization on track.
Unfortunately that’s what everyone else on the planet is doing right now, which means the spinning wheel of death.
His hack is to read to your kids. Reading? What is this…reading? I only know Netflix.
She just wants the confidence boost of winning at a board game. We all need something during quarantine right? RIGHT?
Hide. Call it a game. As long as the kids don’t know you’re afraid, you’re still in control.
What kind of heathen violates the sanctity of shower time? A child that’s who. This is why we cannot trust them.
Some times it’s very hard to tell, but at least it looks like they’re having fun. Which is truly a challenge right now.
Hack your parenting by distracting the children with shiny objects! Then you don’t have to hide, they won’t even pay attention to you.
Just keep an eye on those teens ok? We can’t have a generation die of infected home ear piercings because of the coronavirus.
Box hide and seek? Box robot? Child death trap?
This dad let his girl play home salon on him. Dads, protip: be more like this guy.
If someone had told me a month ago that blowing bubbles indoors would sound like the smartest idea ever, I would not have believed them. But here we are.
If someone could make an adult version of laundry basket rollercoaster I would likely do nothing else for the entirety of quarantine.
But if you’ve got chickens, now is definitely the time to give out some chicken baths. I had no idea that was even a thing.
Photo scavenger hunts! Let the kids take pictures and everyone has to guess what they are. Creative, simple, and a fun way to get a fresh perspective on the same old house.
There are endless options, but shuffleboard is a good place to start. It’s good for about 5 minutes of entertainment.
It’s collage time and kids get buckwild when they get to create their own collages. That tiger head is powerful.
Just cry. Don’t look for hacks. You’re in quarantine. Cry.
And this parent making their baby smile fits the bill. Too cute!
PLEASE let them post a video when they’ve finished, this sounds truly delightful. I wonder if I can make my cats do this with me?
So what better time to make some babies than when you’re stuck at home with your special someone?