Working from home with kids tips

As the school year has just began, it’s clear that this is not a traditional year for any parent. The struggles of working from home with kids continues and now kids have their own tasks to do. We’ve put together some tips on how to make working from home a bit more comfortable.  

Set up a work area  

Create a space in your home that you can use, it can even be part of a room, so that children can see a clear barrier set between you available to play or help and when you’re busy. You can even create a sign or a stoplight system outside our office to try to let kids know when they can come in. It’s never a bad idea to get some good headphones to mute kids during conference calls.  

Create a routine 

Co-parenting families can set up a calendar to figure out a schedule that works for them as a team. There may also be the option to share childcare responsibilities with a neighbor or family within your pandemic pod. Set your kids on a schedule that works for you and utilize YouTube workout videos to keep kids moving.  

Set realistic goals  

Remember that everyone is struggling with working from home, especially with kids. It’s okay and understandable that you’re less productive at home. Try setting goals that are more realistic given the circumstances and find your optimal work hours if your work is flexible.  

Ask kids about school routinely  

Take the time to schedule continuous check in times with your kids. Choose a date that works for you to help make sure kids understand their schedules, both kids and parents, and the expectations. This can help reduce miscommunication and help to ensure your kids are understanding their online learning objectives and routines.  

Check in with teachers 

Now that we’re not in panic mode when it comes to distance learning, teachers are more prepared for taking on online teaching. If you have concerns or questions, take the time to check in with teachers to figure out how to support your student. Try to be active about communicating any difficulties your child may be facing to figure out a plan of action to help reduce them.  

Let kids be independent  

Create the tools to let your kids be independent, by providing materials to do their school activities and let them come to you if they need help. Use the lower space in shelfs and the refrigerator for kids to get healthy snacks for themselves if that works for your family  

Use play  

Play doesn’t have to be all day every day, you can use play to connect with your kids. Play is important for adults too; it helps with social wellbeing, reducing stress, and creating bonding activities with your kids.  

Play Tip: Create time for play and you can use playtime as a reward after meetings or a workday to make it easier for kids to wait until you’re free to play.

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