7 Tips to Work From Home With Kids in the Time of Pandemic

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7 Tips to Work From Home With Kids in the Time of Pandemic
The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Things are changing quickly every day, and most of us have seen our typical routines turned upside down. More and more workplaces are allowing or requiring remote work, while school and daycare closings and "social distancing" restrictions mean that whole families are suddenly spending a whole lot more time at home together.


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Remote work and children

Many working parents are facing working from home with kids and without access to babysitters, playdates, and even Grandma-dates that you might generally rely on.

It won't be smooth sailing ...


Get Creative With Your Schedule

If you have another adult home with you, consider a split schedule: At the beginning of each day, decide who will be the 'on point' parent. That person will work at the dining room ta...


Be Up Front With Your Boss

Before you make adjustments to your work schedule in order to watch your children, talk to your boss or HR.

Let them know that your transition to home also means being responsible for your c...


Stick to a Routine

Maintaining a daily routine will help everyone manage some of the anxiety caused by this big change.

  • Write out a schedule and stick it to the wall so the kids can refer to it throug...


Minimize Interruptions

  • If you share childcare duty with someone, refrain from interrupting them during their heads-down work time. The parent on duty should keep the children away from the working parent.


Let Kids Make Some Choices

Give children the ability to choose some of their own activities and self-serve meals. It helps you to have more unbroken time.

Stick up activity suggestions if they get bored, such a...


Communicate With Your Coworkers

Even with the best plans, your children will interrupt your work. They'll scream just as you have a call. They'll bomb your video meetings. Or you may need to get outside with them to burn off ener...


Plan Breaks With the Kids

Working a few hours in the early morning allows you to take breaks during the day.
During your"off" time, play with the kids, preside over schoolwork, or play outside. Keep a running list of act...


Adults also need downtime

Make sure each adult in the house has downtime to themselves.
Discuss when each will take their downtime in advance to avoid arguments. You might make space to read a book, work on a craf...



Create a Schedule

Create a Schedule

Line up your day carefully, with set "office" hours. Think about how many hours you hope to work in a day and be realistic regarding what you can actually do when your kid is around.
Make sure y...

Capitalize On Naptime

This is your chance for working without interruption use this time to finish assignments that require your complete focus and concentration.

Separate Roles

If you don't learn to keep your roles as parent and businesswoman/businessman separate, giving each your full concentration for a set amount of time, you'll never feel like you're doing either well.
To separate mentally from the rest of the house, set up an office area.

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Check-in with people

Check-in with people

If you think about the current situation too much, you might start freaking out from the pressure.
What makes this situation survivable is checking in with each other. Doing so can ease the s...

Assume good intentions

  • Trust in the other and assume good intent. Even if they annoy you or do something you disagree with, know that they’re doing their best.
  • Pause, breathe and consider how the other is feeling. By doing this, you can alleviate any blowups.

Think, then act

In a stressful situation, when people often fall back on instinct, deliberate action is indispensable.
So think of your life in terms of a series of "think/do think/do, think/do". It’s the absence of the "think" in the "think/do" sequence that gets people in trouble.

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Keep a sense of normalcy

Even though children are no longer following their usual school day routines, you can establish and follow a new routine at home.
Decide together as a family the best way that you and the kids c...

Be careful about news consumption

Children should watch or listen to the news with their parents but only in moderation. Parents should immediately address any questions or concerns their kids may have in a developmentally appropriate manner.
Keep in mind that if you don’t answer your child’s questions, they may search for other unreliable sources on the internet.

Acknowledge your own anxiety

Children learn anxious behaviors from their parents. Taking the time to address your own worries and decrease your anxiety will benefit the whole family.
To reduce anxiety, practice deep breathing, meditation, and yoga or other grounding techniques.

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