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.
One of the greatest ways to make sure your children don't irritate you into insanity during quarantine is exercise.
@jimmyfallon My wife leading home workout with 3 of our boys. https://t.co/WvtVsExnQG— john d mccurdy (@john d mccurdy)1584223753.0
You can't just exercise the body though.You have to exercise the mind. This kiddo and his parent are too wholesome. They're writing stories together!
Kids can learn all kinds of things!
@jimmyfallon I’m teaching my kids to play poker. We’re betting life saving provisions in case of a societal breakdo… https://t.co/Y4XTdbmYY0— The Drake 🇺🇸🇨🇦🏴☠️ (@The Drake 🇺🇸🇨🇦🏴☠️)1584215023.0
You can help your children learn a new skill!
@jimmyfallon Make spaghetti...one at a time https://t.co/YK453RBAWR— Raymond Moellering (@Raymond Moellering)1584216968.0
Some parents let their children learn through experimentation.
@jimmyfallon The kids just had to find out if every tutu we own would fit on the dog. 😂 💃 https://t.co/GPPcpHoTOY— Ashtin (@Ashtin)1584216929.0
Legos+stairs=maximum foot related danger.
@jimmyfallon Building Lego vehicles and seeing which one will make it down the basement rail without breaking. https://t.co/jdkaItqwXL— Misty Drotleff (@Misty Drotleff)1584218132.0
Discovery takes many forms.
@jimmyfallon Finding new places to sleep in the house 😂💕 https://t.co/N9nqMcvatW— Andy Quinnツ (@Andy Quinnツ )1584217339.0
Or maybe you're enlisting some other senses while you help your kids explore.Taste tests are an experiment right? Especially if they involve candy or chocolate. The best experiments.
Or you could conduct an actual, literal experiment.
@jimmyfallon Science experiments: which condiment goes mouldy first? https://t.co/TEcZI5ovmG— Jodie MacInnis (@Jodie MacInnis)1584222985.0
If you want to truly teach them a lesson...Let them help you with your deep cleaning projects. Welcome to adulthood kids, it's awful!
Other parents are just giving up and hitting the margs.
@jimmyfallon My seven year old received Nerf laser tag guns for her birthday last month. They were meant for outdoo… https://t.co/bVnou0Ufef— Jenn (@Jenn)1584215314.0
Children can be evil.
@jimmyfallon My 19-month old son likes to shut me in the pantry, laugh and forget I'm there. We're practicing social distancing at home too.— Eric Jones (@Eric Jones)1584216476.0
It looks like these little ones have taken over.
@jimmyfallon https://t.co/2xFuidVR43— Doug Angel (@Doug Angel)1584222918.0
In a pair of stark contrasts, this family apparently has "fun" together.
@jimmyfallon We play make me laugh. Take turns doing saying funny stuff till everyone has laughed out loud. The las… https://t.co/Ig88ELrmD1— Loribeth🌺 (@Loribeth🌺)1584247612.0
A little creativity goes a long way towards good parenting.
@jimmyfallon Make-your-own-clothes fashion show! https://t.co/mhbgkP5yyn— Jodi Miller (@Jodi Miller)1584239176.0
You can build out of just about anything.
@jimmyfallon Build forts out of toilet paper.— Mathew Tsang 📷 (@Mathew Tsang 📷)1584214909.0
Or you could just be straight up adorable and do something like this.
@jimmyfallon Paint days https://t.co/0pVDpr7Hpr— Hodge (@Hodge)1584223673.0
And if your kids are a little older you just have to be creative about placement.
@jimmyfallon Playing cornhole in the hallway 😂 https://t.co/09WnddYtFT— Addy Reyna (@Addy Reyna)1584219756.0
Sometimes you just luck your way into strong parenting.
@jimmyfallon I jokingly told my boys that Xbox was shutting down because of the virus...and they believed me. Now… https://t.co/yY44GUX92L— Julia Young 🏒 (@Julia Young 🏒)1584215071.0
Some families have flipped the script.
@jimmyfallon due to the toilet paper panic, my sister put that sign in the bathroom... SHE TOLD US HOW MUCH PAPER W… https://t.co/FFLP7wULLV— m (@m)1584223748.0
Kids are ruling the roost.
@jimmyfallon Just living our best snack life. #weready https://t.co/N3VDayb1V2— Abigail Marie Andosca (@Abigail Marie Andosca)1584222344.0
This child has absolutely no respect for personal boundaries.
@jimmyfallon Take super comfortable naps 😅 https://t.co/PXy8JOI2qU— Eily Dunleavy (@Eily Dunleavy)1584215305.0
And if your children's creativity isn't coming out in toilet paper rationing...
@jimmyfallon https://t.co/CnyBxH1JHg— Jim Sias (@Jim Sias)1584222513.0
Some parents are turning to their own childhoods for inspiration.
@jimmyfallon When I was a kid my mom would set up scavenger hunts with little clues all around the house. I LOVED it!— Lainie 🌱 (@Lainie 🌱)1584215250.0
We liked weird things when we were younger.
@jimmyfallon When @stefikob and I were little we would run in circles around our house and my mom would throw dish… https://t.co/rfXHKwcCOS— Katie Kobiljak (@Katie Kobiljak)1584227801.0
And if that doesn't work you can always get them to provide services for you.
@jimmyfallon I like a good massage. #SocialDistancing. https://t.co/hugxMnjnhl— Esther TheWonder Pig (@Esther TheWonder Pig)1584215926.0
In some households, the rules have gone out the window completely.
@jimmyfallon https://t.co/37SuBrLapo— Brian DeJohn (@Brian DeJohn)1584225269.0
Or if you're like this mom, the #1 priority is keeping the parents entertained.
@jimmyfallon Scare the crap out of them with masks on. https://t.co/OCqFK7GLW8— Donny Petterson (@Donny Petterson)1584228159.0
But the strongest families among us come together.
@jimmyfallon Sumo pillow wrestling. https://t.co/gH24j9vK1l— Ben Bedard (@Ben Bedard)1584216479.0
If you really want to parent in a way that brings you closer, you can teach your kid something.
@jimmyfallon teaching my brother some music!! https://t.co/NyEzQa52IV— leah (@leah)1584216227.0
Just don't push your kids too far.
@jimmyfallon Play Uno Dare with my grandkids. I dared my granddaughter Nayomi to wear her grandpa’s dentures but sh… https://t.co/2v33aolii4— Rose (@Rose)1584215361.0
Of course these suggestions are all for younger kids.
@jimmyfallon Right now we're playing a game called Social Distancing. (I have teenagers) https://t.co/gFLEh2xVYu— CK (@CK)1584227911.0
You can try to lure them out.
@jimmyfallon Our daughter used to set up a movie night stand for us. At 14, it no longer happens. So, we set one up… https://t.co/qd195etBtn— Michael Robinson (@Michael Robinson)1584227460.0
But no matter the age of the children you're quarantining with...
@jimmyfallon Drag them outside and force them into the forest ... everyday For the next 3 weeks (at least)… https://t.co/BGfyYajSYK— Melissa Caufield (@Melissa Caufield)1584222758.0
Outdoors could be dangerous though.
@jimmyfallon Playing outside with my son. I got my ass kicked playing #soccer with my 7 year old this morning. I fu… https://t.co/BWzeVlew8h— 🎶❤🎶 Jennifer Witter 🎶❤🎶 (@🎶❤🎶 Jennifer Witter 🎶❤🎶)1584229116.0
I guess if you're cool like this family you could make outdoors quite an adventure.
@jimmyfallon Made syrup from our maple trees. 11hrs of relaxing. https://t.co/OU5U6AwHrE— Arik Andersen (@Arik Andersen)1584310857.0
But before you go out make sure the kids understand social distancing.
@jimmyfallon Teaching Social Distancing. https://t.co/SCUqXIeGpW— Kansas Bradbury (@Kansas Bradbury)1584218445.0
Or if you want to take it one step further you can prepare for the inevitable apocalypse.
@jimmyfallon We #builtafort! https://t.co/vSc7YRrVXx— B - Is Compost Teachin' (@B - Is Compost Teachin')1584215623.0
You could also have a slightly more upscale version of prepping.
@jimmyfallon My daughter asked if we could go “camping in the living room”... this was a first. And yes, there we… https://t.co/sV3QYD9G8o— Caryn Ouwehand (@Caryn Ouwehand)1584243962.0
If you don't want civilization to collapse...
@jimmyfallon My 4 year old, AKA Darth catching up on his thank you notes...thank you Luke for washing your hands an… https://t.co/DlKm6Z5BBW— Lindsay Quinlan (@Lindsay Quinlan)1584489536.0
If all else fails, you can turn to the screens.
@jimmyfallon Pretty much https://t.co/R1ILa1TSeL— ★·.·´¯`·.·💜 ᴮᴱ with you ⁷💜´¯`·.·★ (@★·.·´¯`·.·💜 ᴮᴱ with you ⁷💜´¯`·.·★)1584233315.0
If that happens, one parent suggests going old school.
@jimmyfallon Read books. We are currently reading Matilda by Roald Dahl. We also like to do play board games, Pi… https://t.co/yIXo6LgQjp— Jacob Wischoff (@Jacob Wischoff)1584217053.0
Eventually, you'll just snap and turn into this mom.
@jimmyfallon I’m destroying their confidence and all the self-worth their teachers built up in them by crushing the… https://t.co/zykFQT1Yvt— Dave Hambleton (@Dave Hambleton)1584217927.0
If you can't have board game success you may start to take a different approach to parenting.
@jimmyfallon Play escape room , I’ve the key to the basement and I’m in the car having a nap— Fiona O’Brien (@Fiona O’Brien)1584216637.0
There's a reason parents are ending up like this.
@jimmyfallon Favorite thing is when I am taking a shower, my three year old comes in, pinches my butt, and runs awa… https://t.co/7ISVetIJVk— Bridget (@Bridget)1584281867.0
Is this the height of brilliance or insanity?
@jimmyfallon That’s me on the blanket... https://t.co/wfm8rlt24B— Stephen McDermott (@Stephen McDermott)1584312987.0
This parent is absolutely brilliant.
@jimmyfallon Blow up balloons and let them go into the air. Kept us busy for an hour today https://t.co/L0orZoknkx— Devin Stanford (@Devin Stanford)1584228232.0
Some parents are not quite so successful.
@jimmyfallon Day 1 of #quarantinediary My 14-year-old son pierced his ears in the basement while I was upstairs dea… https://t.co/QtVgF1JxrO— Jenn A. (@Jenn A.)1584221396.0
And what is even happening here?
@jimmyfallon https://t.co/s410VMeEG2— Tyler Merrill (@Tyler Merrill)1584230321.0
Ok ok, SOME parents did get truly creative.
@jimmyfallon Beauty salon https://t.co/eoKW0axLYw— Brian Dean (@Brian Dean)1584221197.0
Oh and this one is brilliant.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.
I have a big confession to make.
@jimmyfallon Laundry basket rollercoaster is our fav! https://t.co/KcueFzyWiB— Ace Gershfield (@Ace Gershfield)1584225420.0
You will need chickens to complete this suggestion.
@jimmyfallon My kids and I gave our chickens baths today! https://t.co/gTCzUdYLdW— Jenn Weintraub (@Jenn Weintraub)1584220401.0
Here's one that's a little more accessible.
@jimmyfallon Have the kids take random pics in the house and then we all try to guess what they are! Here’s today’s… https://t.co/WDX3quQZMl— LibbyHilf (@LibbyHilf)1584223299.0
Alternatively if you're more of a hands on person, grab yourself some hot sauce.
@jimmyfallon One of my coworkers is teaching his son Hot Sauce Shuffleboard 😂 https://t.co/qN9OwFyy7V— Sean Doherty (@Sean Doherty)1584226954.0
We're in love with the image that came out of this suggestion.
@jimmyfallon Crazy animal collages: Nat Geo magazines + fashion magazines + scissors = hours of hilarity https://t.co/doFiDwCYAI— ArtClubExeter (@ArtClubExeter)1584224692.0
Or, on the other hand.
@jimmyfallon cry— noah weed (@noah weed)1584214888.0
It's a legal requirement that we end with something wholesome.
@jimmyfallon our favorite thing is making our 7 week old son Leo smile https://t.co/eckHSL1gNO— Miss Molly Ridd (@Miss Molly Ridd)1584220373.0
Or there's this sweet family band idea.
@jimmyfallon I have 5 kids and we are all novice musicians. Piano, guitars, flute and vocalists. We try to figure o… https://t.co/dqIjslsBiQ— Kevin (@Kevin)1584279808.0
Of course there's plenty of people out there who don't have kids...
@jimmyfallon Actually we have no kids, but we’re taking this time to change it...— Teacher Fabio Emerim (@Teacher Fabio Emerim)1584215171.0