The parents working from home and the children educating themselves online is becoming unsustainable long-term situation for many families. Maintaining a routine for younger children is difficult especially when they remain home with no physical interaction with the teachers and peers. This period appears to be an aeonian period for parents. When they must be productive by telecommuting, they need to also set standards for the children to behave during their work time, feed them and regulate their routine activities all at once. These are times when the children's screen time may substantially increase and later when things are back to normal, it would be difficult to contain their newly developed habits. Here are some constructive suggestions (not a comprehensive list) to overcome this situation. 1. Screen Time – Other than their school time, the parents need to accumulate several hours of content for them to learn morals out of ancient epics or reading material (this is a good time to read books to the children) that would be invaluable for their lives. The younger ones are fond of animated movies and hence I found the following movies online. There are many such contents available online to create long hours of viewing by the children. If their screen time is inevitable when the parents are working, at least, the parents can ensure their screen time is spent on viewing some invaluable content. 2. Household work – I know it is hard for the parents to make the children work and we tend to do as much as possible for the well-being of the children. However, these are times to introduce some responsibilities to the children. It could be putting their clothes into the dishwasher, cleaning their bathroom, feeding the pet, planting seeds and small plants, setting up a birdfeed and water for the birds, cleaning the room and vacuuming it, teaching them how to make a hot drink or prepare snacks to eat and so on. 3. Fitness practices and home games – The children can be introduced to a simple physical activity that would replace their sport activity. Board games, Table Tennis, Pool Billiards, Carrom Board, Chess, swimming if there is a pool at home can be introduced to the children so that they don’t automatically spend time online. 4. Art - If they are interested in musical instruments or singing or dancing, they should be allowed to practice them at home. Some kids may have a natural interest to draw and they should be provided enough material to draw. The museums worldwide are now having a virtual tour for the children to learn from them and however, these tours will have to be set up after parental control. The parents also could teach the art of writing scripts and enacting a play even though the audience, for the time being, is only the family members. 5. Science – NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement maintains a wide variety of material for students and educators to learn about NASA programs. NASA STEM@HOME has materials and activities for students in kindergarten through 4th grade and for the children in grades 5 through 8. From formal lesson plans to amazing imagery and stories about how science and exploration are lifting our world. There will also be ongoing opportunities to chat and interact with scientists directly. 6. Language skills – The children are more receptive to multiple languages and they learn languages much easier than adults. This may be a great time to introduce them to a new language provided proper tutoring is available for them to continue this education. There are many apps that introduce languages for functional talking but if the children are interested in learning the language at length, they need to be introduced to a tutor online. Even in known languages, the children could be trained to create index cards with new words and meanings so that they could improve their vocabulary. 7. Service – The children can be trained to do small service at home for the needy or poor. They could prepare a simple letter or card for those who they know are working in the essential services industry such as medical professionals, pharmacy staff, and grocery store cashiers and stockers expressing gratitude for what they do while everyone else stays at home to flatten the curve. This will teach them an important lesson to be grateful to those who are selfless in serving others. They could also, during their free time, feed the poor by answering questions on freerice.com set up by the United Nations World Food Program. 8. Family Tree Genealogy – The children can be trained to know all the extended family members and have them create a family tree for 3-4 generations. If the parents have pictures, adding pictures to the family tree would make better sense for the children. After they build the family tree, the parents could let them talk to the relatives or send a “stay healthy’ card to them which would make them happy. 9. Life lesson videos and Quiz programs – To keep their learning interest alive, there are so many life lessons videos that I personally use for moral classes. For example, I used a video to teach the children that they need certain standards among friends to make a good friendship. We also went through a workbook highlights how true friendship is formed. There are so many online quiz programs available for the children to learn every day. I know each parent will have his/her own plan for engaging their children. My post here is not directional and just suggestions. Please share your experience of how you are engaging your younger children during this difficult time. We can learn from each other.