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Stuck At Home: Mamas Are Showing What They Do To Keep Their Kids Entertained While In Quarantine

The quarantine struggle, while entirely essential, is getting real. As the summer months grow nearer and the expectations of a lively summer outdoors with friends grow dimmer, we’re all having a hard time being forced to stay at home. No doubt, parents have it particularly hard.

This is especially true considering the fact that many of them are having to not only act as teachers but also has their kids’ sole entertainers.

Recently, we asked FIERCE readers how they are keeping it together while entertaining their kids, and the answers were not only hilarious but helpful!

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Mostly because so many of the mamas on our page have admitted that as tough as times are, they are managing to handle their kids in stride.

Check out some of their advice tips below.

Find a movie that’s their jam and put it on loop.

“Keeping Steven universe the movie on loop….I know every line now.” – heytymari

Netflix and play

“Legos, cars, coloring, play doh, Disney plus, Netflix, blow up pool, sprinkler, long baths, mud kitchen, and cooking with our three year old. The teens can take care of themselves.” –steeringthestrugglebus

Get into the back yard

“Lots backyard projects, water activities, vinegar/baking soda potions, kinetic sand… you name it we’ve done it! Gotta keep my 4 year old busy.” –  heymijita

Make slime

“Making bath bombs and slime!!!!! Basically arts and crafts!”- this_is_my_ig_yo

Getting them to contribute to the house can be helpful.

“Teaching how to do dishes, sweeping, mopping, baking, cooking with grandparents virtually, childrens podcasts, bike riding, playing games, watching movies as a family, science experiments, making slime.”- 2boldlatinas

Getting entertainment ideas from Pinterest

“Reading, Roblox, Tie-dying, painting, playing b ball, zoom with friends, laser tag, baking, and the rest of the ideas I get from Pinterest.” – natalianaomibrand

And if all else fails Quarantine is also the perfect time to teach your kid some Salsa moves.

“Mom of a almost 3 year old boy. It’s so hard to keep him entertained but we we try with some: dancing, signing, having him “shower” his toys, draw, play dough, bike and scooter outside, have him help me cook and clean, wrestle with his dad, (lmao) etc.” – niraarin

Life-Changing Items To Buy For $100 Or Less

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Life-Changing Items To Buy For $100 Or Less

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Adjusting to a life stuck at home ain’t easy.

Fortunately, users on Reddit are sharing the items that have made for a more comfortable and happier home. All of the items are $100 or less and seem like simple things to acquire and help change your life for the better. According to Redditors, during these tough times, they’ll make all of the difference!

Check them out below!

Plants

“House plants. They will make you happy looking after them. I recently bought a venus fly trap, she caught her first fly today. So proud.” –ManonastickUk

A curved shower rod

“A curved shower rod. Seriously. $10 for a tension rod, or $28 for a curved one that takes a bit more effort to install, but your showers are suddenly 33% larger and feels like you’re in a hotel every day.” – xixi2

A back scratcher

“I bought a $1 back scratcher from an Asian market in town.
Best $1 I ever spent.” – matthewsmazes

A new pair of socks

“New pair of socks. If you’ve been wearing the same pairs forever like I typically usually do theirs nothing like putting on a new pair of freshly bought socks, you can totally feel the difference, I never realized til was an adult sadly but I appreciate the feeling of new socks all the time.” – Spider-Mike23

An alarm clock

“A decent light wake up alarm clock. Completely changed my mornings. Don’t think I could ever go back to using my phone or a simple alarm clock.” –ringolennon67

King-sized bedding for your any-size bed.

“I got a king for a double bed. Best decision ever! The double sheets fit the bed, but I couldn’t snuggle completely under them without curling up. Now. I can hide completely under the duvet stretched out. Best thing ever in the winter!” – Zanki

Sharp knives

“Sharp knives for the kitchen.” – trendz19

A weighted blanket

“In my opinion definitely a weighted blanket if you have a hard time sleeping at night or have anxiety. They have some at Target for $25 currently.” – stupidveganbaby

A vibrator

“I strongly recommend the Satisfyer to any lady such as myself that requires more external stimulation than internal. Its top tier, all of my other toys gathered dust and then I eventually threw them all out.” – Anilxe

A good pillow

“May sound simple, but a good pillow. It is amazing the change in body aches, and sleep you see when you have a good pillow that fits you.” –
shartnado3

A cast-iron skillet

“A good chef’s knife and a cast-iron skillet. When you have tools that are satisfying to use, cooking becomes less “chore” and more “hobby”. You’ll end up eating healthier, cheaper than takeout/restaurant, and ditching the dull Walmart knife and scratched up nonstick aluminum skillet are the best place to start.” –eric_1115

A good showerhead

“A good showerhead. I cannot stress enough how a high-quality showerhead can turn getting clean into an utterly zen, 30-minute self-healing, and relaxation session.” – Phleed

A rice cooker

“Rice cooker. That fucker kept me fed during depression when I barely had the energy to get out of bed. Takes less than nothing to get some rice in there and flip the switch. Want something sweet? Throw coconut and sugar in there. Want flavor but can’t be fucked to make anything? Get some Spanish rice or saffron goin. You can throw tofu in there with it if you need. Yeah, it’s not the best for you but hot food is better than no food.” – HotTopicMallRat

‘Glee’ Creators Have Announced A College Fund They Are Creating For Naya Rivera’s Son

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‘Glee’ Creators Have Announced A College Fund They Are Creating For Naya Rivera’s Son

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There are still a lot of questions surrounding Naya Rivera’s sudden and tragic death. The 33-year-old actress is survived by her young son Josey and the creators of “Glee” are coming together to help his future.

“Glee” creators Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and Brad Falchuk have announced a college fund for Naya Rivera’s son.

Josey Hollis Dorsey, who is 4 years old, was with his mother when she tragically died on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. Since the discovery of Rivera’s body, the cast and creators of “Glee” have shared touching tributes to the actress and singer.

“Our hearts go out to her family, especially her mom Yolanda, who was a big part of the ‘Glee’ family and her son Josey,” reads the statement by the three creators. “The three of use are currently in the process of creating a college fund for the beautiful son Naya loved most of all.”

The statement comes with the backdrop that Rivera sacrificed her own life to save her son.

According to the official autopsy, Rivera’s cause fo death was drowning in Lake Piru. The actress had rented a pontoon boat for her and her son to enjoy some time together on the lake around the 4th of July holiday. According to officials, Rivera made the ultimate sacrifice for her son.

“She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said in a press conference, according to CNN.

Her former “Glee” classmates remember Rivera as a loving and kind person.

It is clear that Rivera left an indelible mark on everyone she worked with. Her passion for life and her craft is evident in the constant outpouring of love from friends, family, and costars as they continue to try to make sense of the tragedy.

Rest in peace, Naya.

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