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Al Horford is building makeshift obstacle courses to keep his kids busy during coronavirus shutdown

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A couple of weeks ago, you might have come across a video with Al Horford and his two young kids doing sit-ups.

While that clip was tailored for social media, it was apparently a pretty accurate peak into Horford’s life as a parent during the coronavirus pandemic.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe talked with several NBA players and coaches about their approaches to stay-at-home parenting. One of Horford’s main strategies is designing obstacles courses for his five-year-old son Ean and three-year-old daughter Alia.

From Lowe’s piece: 

The family couch breaks apart, and Horford sometimes uses the pieces as obstacles to run around. Some courses include stations for 20- or 30-piece puzzles. Others are almost household versions of the NBA's Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend. Ean will have to score a soccer goal before advancing, pick up toys stationed around the apartment and drop them into buckets elsewhere, or even execute a few pushups.

"'We are getting pretty creative,' Horford said, laughing. 

One challenge, Horford notes, is figuring out how the right way to talk about the coronavirus.

 

As the Horfords gathered to watch a movie during the first week of self-isolation, Ean suddenly blurted out, 'The reason we can't go anywhere is because of the coronavirus,' Horford said. 'I was surprised. When you think they aren't listening, they are. So we talked about it. I didn't want to freak him out or make him anxious.'

Lowe also spoke with a few former Sixers in JJ Redick, Thaddeus Young and Kyle Korver, all of whom are finding ways to keep their kids occupied. Young answers rapid-fire questions and watches movies; the Redicks teach a “word of the week”; the Korvers draw sharks (their son Knox is a big fan).

They’re not alone in looking to innovate, educate and just do whatever’s necessary to help take care of their kids during a unique time. 

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