Parent, Teacher, Employee: How To Work From Home With Kids In The House
Originally published on Productive blog by Barbara Črgar
With everyone bouncing off the walls at home, there has been a glut of blogs detailing how to save your business in these undoubtedly trying times. This is not one of those blogs. Undoubtedly, some businesses will be in trouble over the coming weeks.
On the other hand, some businesses might thrive. But this blog has very little to do with business in the abstract. Instead, we’re going to focus on the equally challenging prospect of juggling your work life with your family life.
If you have kids, school is most definitely out, and quarantine is most definitely in. Which means you (and possibly your partner) will have to wear three hats in the space of one day: parent, teacher, and employee. Can it be done?
Can you embody both Mrs Doubtfire and Gordon Gekko in one quarantined body? And if so, what are some tricks and tips to make the whole process smoother? Read on for our advice on how to work from home with kids in the house.
Remote Working When You Have Children
Many people have had to recalibrate their schedule thanks to COVID-19, and many, for the first time ever, now find themselves in the role of a “work-from-home parent”. This will come as quite the system shock to most, especially as the rapid onset of the pandemic left little to no chance to adjust.
There are many perks to working from home: you cut out the commute, you’re more in charge of your own schedule, you can wear what you want (well, from the waist down, anyway). But if you add kids into the mix, things can become a little trickier.
How To Work From Home With Kids In The House
The first thing to know is something that you’re probably all too aware of as a parent: it ain’t all gonna go smoothly. Those stock shots you see of a smiling dad bouncing a toddler on his lap while he closes a multi-million-dollar deal via Skype are the stuff of fantasy. However, there are several things you can implement to make the whole process more productive for everyone involved.
If you have a partner, the first thing you need to do is sit down for an honest and open discussion with them. Remember, there are two of you. This is a major asset when it comes to juggling work and parenting. You should be prepared to split the load equally, but make sure you have a conversation first about your wants, needs, and expectations.
Believe it or not, some partners might not realize exactly what their spouse’s job entails, or the demands it makes on them. This is your chance to talk it through and decide on a plan of attack that suits you both. If your kids are old enough, invite them to discuss things with you too. Open communication is key to achieving harmony under one roof.
How To Plan Your Day If You’re A Parent Working From Home
First things first – you’ve got to change up your schedule. The standard nine-to-five isn’t going to cut it anymore, not when you have kids who demand their own kind of schedule. It’s important to establish a routine at the beginning of your quarantine. Adults and children alike thrive under routines, and it will help to establish a solid psychological grounding right at the top.
This doesn’t have to be rigid; it just has to be consistent. You should prepare to get up earlier in the day and work later into the night. You might have to take longer breaks or work in different rooms around the house. Whatever it is, preparing a routine will help you feel like you’ve got a handle on this type of thing.
The other inconvenient thing about kids is that they’ve gotta eat – and they’re not afraid to let you know when they’re hungry. Incorporate meal and snack times into your routine, and encourage your kids to help themselves (where they’re able and can be trusted!).
If they’re too young to do this, preparing food ahead of the game – i.e. before the working day starts – can massively cut down on stress.
Concentration Tips For Remote Working Parents
You need to prepare yourself for the inevitable: a child will invade your video call sooner or later. You might even be forced to take a call with your kid on your lap. Don’t panic. It’s bound to happen. In these circumstances, a lot of the regular rules get jettisoned and we find ourselves making a lot of it up as we go.
The best way to deal with this is just to give your colleague on the call a heads-up that this might happen so that they’re not surprised or put out if it does.
A silent child sitting on somebody’s lap is all well and good, but what if your kid becomes a full-on distraction? How can you concentrate? Coming up with some fun but quiet activities to keep your children entertained during the day can be a lifesaver here. Fortunately, there are more than a few activities that will keep your kid engaged while keeping the volume down.
Jigsaw puzzles, drawing kits, colouring books, and TV shows or movies with Bluetooth headphones are all good options. If you’re worried about consistent education for your child, there’s also a plethora of online schooling services available, so investigate that option and see if it might work for you.
Keep in mind that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for every family. Try different approaches and solutions until you find what works the best for your family. Good luck!
Get $15 Off On Your First Order
Join the Birch + Fog Insiders Program and you'll receive a coupon for $15 Off your first order!
And be included in exclusive giveways, freebies, vip sales, and other goodies only you will know about.
Our CBD Best-Sellers
New!Sale!Add to cart
DeLush Whipped Soap Scrub$ 39.95 Add to cart
New!Add to cart
Kootenay Labs CBD Sacred Bath Salts$ 22.00 Add to cart
Rosé Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizer$ 6.99 – $ 19.99 Select options
Add to cart
HighOnLove® Dry Body Oil$ 55.00 Add to cart
Add to cart
Me First Unclouded CBD Headache Relief Roller$ 35.95 Add to cart
Sale!Add to cart
Me First CBD Pain Stick$ 45.99 Add to cart
Sale!Add to cart
Me First CBD Bath Soak$ 24.99 Add to cart
Nectar Botanicals Healing Salve$ 29.99 – $ 43.99 Select options
Real People Share Their CBD Experiences
More from the Fog Blog…
What Should I Expect When Using A CBD Bath Bomb? It felt so soothing to hold in my hands and then after I tossed it into the water, it was like a gentle wave of relaxation from head to toe washed over me – relax! April 10, 2021Hi everyone, I'm here to talk about the...
Does CBD Help With Public Speaking? Whether you are someone who has had experience with this or not, it is impossible not to be weary of the feeling that you're going to fall flat on your face in front of an audience. April 8, 2021Public speaking and public events can...
A Monthly Strategy For Reducing Period Pains. Blog 4 of 4 | The B+ F Period Program April 6, 2021Is CBD an effective natural remedy for period cramps? For a long minute we have been dialoguing, exploring natural remedies to help ease the suffering many of us endure...