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How School Closures Can Strengthen Your Family

Making The Most Out Of Isolation

Making The Most Out Of Isolation

Some practical ways by which parents can cope up with this reality of being at home with kids in these uncertain and chaotic times:

  1. Create a specific time and place around the house for work and home activities.
  2. Connect with your family.
  3. Embrace and make the most of not being busy.

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Making The Most Out Of Isolation

Some practical ways by which parents can cope up with this reality of being at home with kids in these uncertain and chaotic times:

  1. Create a specific time and place around the house for work and home activities.
  2. Connect with your family.
  3. Embrace and make the most of not being busy.

Working At Home With Kids

Parents and adults need to work at home and kids need to study to finish their semesters, but it’s hard to work with kids due to constant distractions and multitasking. 

Provide specific times and places for everyone in the family to do the required work. Get everyone to work in shifts or help out at certain times, like your partner or a neighbor.

Being Present With The Family

We humans need our family and social connections to feel safe. The little joys of staying and doing things together in a family make our stress and loneliness disappear. For too long we have been eating dinner in front of the PC with our kids busy with their devices with the headphones on. It’s time to stop being alone together and be together instead.

When Busy Is No Longer An Option

We now find ourselves having a lot of time in our hands to catch up on our exercise, sleep, reading and even to slow-cook our food. This is unsettling for many of us, as being busy is a lifestyle everyone is used to for decades. Now it is time to find meaning in our lives with all the time we have suddenly.

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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 table, feed the kids and suggest activities, while the other parent works in a different room.

One parent can also work before the children are awake, then you can stagger work times during the day, and the other parent can work when the children are in bed.

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 children. Create a schedule that you can share with your boss and assure them of your commitment to maintaining the level of excellence they expect.

If you clearly communicate your needs, you will decrease the level of stress and also open the door for coworkers to follow suit.

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Communicating with your partner

  • Don’t make assumptions about how the other person feels.
  • Foster mindful communication, especially if you’re feeling scared or upset. Pay attention to your reactions.
  • Accept ...

Open dialogue

Most of us have never experienced circumstances like the current one, so we have to accept that we will all cope with this differently and that’s okay.
Foster open dialogue and try to be as clear as possible with each member of your family or with your partner. 

For the whole family

  • Establish a routine to avoid randomness. Our brains love patterns.
  • We are going to stay inside for a while, so it's best to set family goals and expectations.
  • Designate areas of the house, such as ‘work’, ‘chill-out’, ‘privacy’ and ‘interaction’.
  • Don’t avoid answering kids' questions about the pandemic and what is causing it.

Personal needs

Personal needs

Working parents tend to focus all their energy on work or family and put their own needs on hold. With the current crisis, parents have even less time for their own needs while they juggle work and...

Know what you need

Take two minutes right now and list what would most benefit you. It could be taking 15 minutes to decompress after work. Or to have a few hours a week to read a book. Or even guitar lessons.

Highlight what sticks out to you the most on your list. Then decide what top few choices are suitable for your available time and finances.

Communicate your needs

To have a successful and productive conversation with your partner about your needs and desires:

  • Timing is everything. Set a time aside together that is free of distractions, relatively peaceful, and not when you are overtired.
  • Remember, you're on the same team. Handle the conversation with gentleness and without criticism.
  • Actively listen. To encourage understanding, don't just listen to respond. Truly try to understand how your partner feels.
  • It's about giving and taking. Relationships are about mutual understanding, compassion, and sacrifice.
  • Do regular relationship checkups to foster connection and open communication.