SURVIVING WORKING AT HOME WITH KIDS!
We hope you and your families are staying safe and well during this time. We know how balancing working from home with kids has been quite the challenge these 6 weeks! Here are some tips below on how to survive it as we approach coming out the other side!
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PARENTS AT HOME PEP TALK 101
Take a deep breath as this process already has proven to be very stressful for families. The very first thing is to think of what is possible to achieve at home. With working parents and a house full of children you have to be realistic about working from home and it will take time and extra will power to be able to get all of your tasks complete. This may take some adjustment, extra sacrifice and if you are unable to fulfil everything at home as usual ,you may have to speak to your Manager in regards to your situation being an exception.
Create a Daily Plan
Providing a daily structure sets out the expectations not only for yourself but for your family at home. If your children are pre school then you being able to work from home is going to depend on their structure! So where nap, meal and sleep times will be the key hours to designate getting work done. And if you have a helpful partner or help at home taking shifts will help with this balance. Map out everyone’s schedule at home, write it down and put it in front of you, so you can see extra hours where you can slot more work or family time. It also helps to have children in a school like routine, plan activities for your children that don’t require your full attention to watch over. You want to be able to create an environment where everyone can fulfil their duties while maintaining family harmony.
It’s Not A Typical Day At The Office…
You have to remember that the situation has changed so be prepared to make adjustments, you may need signs of; Do not disturb posted every and be able to communicate effectively that Mum or Dad are working. This is going to take time and you may have to preoccupy them with an activity that they can get on with to make this work. You may need to communicate to your work colleagues about the added background noise. You may have had an extra member at home join in on the zoom call!
Create Family Time 🙂
Make sure that you are taking breaks for yourself as well as checking in with everyone at home. Try to have a family activity planned after work. It may be simply just watching a film, completing a puzzle, or even turning a chore into a fun competition, so things in the house are still getting done!
Rewards and Recognition!
Kids want to know if they are on the right track and if they have done well! So make sure you set aside time to give recognition and rewards. If your children have behaved well during the day completing school work, activities you have set for them you can create a reward system of treats they receive based on completing what is set. This will help them to look forward to doing more things set if they know there is a reward or recognition behind it!
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