Kim Kardashian West Wrote a Guide to Isolating With Kids. We Tried It

The famous mom shared her guide to isolating with four children. In a subsequent backlash, she deleted it. But what if she was onto something?

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香蕉视频苹果下载As the parents of a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl, in this time of isolation, my husband and I haven’t given up that much. Our social life was already on pause. There is always confusion, anxiety and fear—it’s called bedtime. Like everyone else, we’re just adjusting to doing conference calls while playing soccer, pretending to be a puppy while doing the laundry or trying to type with both a laptop computer and a laptop child. We are the lucky ones.

And yet, let’s be honest: we could all use a little help. Some days my kids have been on their Amazon Fire tablets for six hours, just so I can get things done. For all I know, they were watching Tiger King and I thought it was Wild Kratts.

香蕉视频苹果下载Enter Kim Kardashian West, patron saint of performativity, who tweeted a few ideas at her 64.5 million followers in early April. Kardashian West, who is with her four children under seven at her Axel Vervoordt-designed Hidden Hills home near Los Angeles, was likely just trying to be helpful when she suggested: “Some fun things to do while at home during self quarantine: Practice doing hair & makeup, bake with your children....looking at apps, trying new fun things, board games and spring cleaning.” The backlash was swift: “and: try to pay the bills,” read one response. Touché. Kardashian West quickly took down the tweet.

But Kardashian West’s (perhaps inadvertently) laissez-faire approach to parenting might be just what we all need. Maybe these were ideas we could handle—unlike the perky lists of “1,000 Things to Do with Your Kids,” with activities ranging from the inane (organize your kids’ closets from formalwear to swimwear) to the insane (let your toddler play with scissors) to the positively impossible (write a novel together). Sacrifice four cups of flour in order to mix a batch of homemade Play-Doh?! Who are they kidding?

I neglected to bring any makeup to the low-key seaside village where we’re fortunate enough to be sheltering. But in the deep crevices of a bag, I found a Westman Atelier Lip Suede palette as well as a Chanel sheer bronzer stick and liquid eye shadow, gifts from friends. On a bathroom shelf was an untouched pot of gold sparkles from Glossier’s Play line. My daughter is constantly begging to play with makeup, so I gave in. But her inspiration must be Airplane! or The Rocky Horror Picture Show香蕉视频苹果下载—I didn’t get the Kardashian contouring I was hoping for so much as gobs of glitter and red lipstick up and down my cheeks.

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