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How to Master Working From Home-While Under Quarantine With Kids

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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How to Master Working From Home-While Under Quarantine With Kids

How to Master Working From Home-While Under Quarantine With Kids

https://www.parents.com/parenting/work/life-balance/how-to-master-being-a-work-at-home-mom/

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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 your colleagues know about your working situation.

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.

Keep Kids Entertained

If you give your kids a little quality time, you will most likely get a few hours to work.
Tip: Select cool toys that your kids can play with, or arrange special movie viewings only during your work time. If your children have something to look forward to, they'll be less likely to interrupt you.

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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.

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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.

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Art Activities

Art Activities
  • Basic coloring and drawing.
  • Butcher paper. Unroll it, then let the kids color on the floor. Or put it on the wall if you have room.

Physical activities

  • Dance Party: Turn on music and dance around.
  • Simulate outdoor scenes. Re-create different outdoor scenes in different parts of the house—for instance, a camping scene with a fort in one room and an island in another.
  • Jumping jacks.
  • Bathtub. Just let the kids hang out in there under supervision. They can get creative in there, and the mess is contained.
  • Take advantage of the outdoor space. Use what you have, even just opening the window and making up stories about what you see out there.

Games

  • Stacking toys like Magna-Tiles. the kids will build things and then smash them down. Smashing is the most enjoyable part.
  • Workbooks and puzzles.
  • Variations on Uno

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