With schools and daycares closed across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing, many parents have no other choice but to work from home.  It is not ideal, yet it is the new reality for most working parents.  Things can get complicated, it’s almost like having two jobs at once.

 

Must Know Tips & Tricks:

There are a number of ways you can make working from home with kids a little less stressful.  It is hard juggling your children while trying to knock out your to-do list, but there are things you can do to help.  Here are some tips and tricks for working at home with your kiddos.

  • Set an agenda for the week. Having an agenda in place and set in stone, will help your kids adjust to the new routine.  Giving your family an agenda gives them direction for the day.  Try to set a similar routine to the ones your kids had in school, for example:  art time, lunch time, and outside time.  This will help your children feel like they are on more of a normal schedule.
  • Set up your workspace. If you don’t have a home office, it is good to establish a defined work area.  This lets your kids know when you are in work mode and when you’re not to be disturbed.  This will be your sacred place, and not somewhere to play with toys.
  • Tag team it. If you have another adult at home, you can tag-team it.   One adult will oversee the agenda while the other adult works and vice versa.  This gives you some time alone where you don’t have to worry about distractions, or what the kids are doing.  Communication is key here, stick to your agenda!
  • Get some sunshine! Not only do your kids need to get outside, but so do you!  Take a walk or go out for a small bike ride.  Taking a break is good for your mind and lowers anxiety levels, it will also give you some time to enjoy with your kids.
  • Plan and prep meals/snacks in advance. Doing this will save you so much time throughout the week.  Have different meal options so your children will be less likely to put up a fuss come lunchtime.
  • Take little breaks. Be flexible with your schedule and take little breaks throughout your day to spend some time playing or learning with your kids.
  • Take advantage of nap time. Set this time aside to make your calls, or video conferences while it is quiet for a little bit. 

 

Running out of ideas for entertaining the kids? 

When the kids are stuck in the house 24/7, they can get bored pretty easily.  Some organizations are offering free educational resources and services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

-Scholastic is offering free daily courses for students from pre-kindergarten to grades 6 and higher.

-Are your kids struggling to grasp a certain learning concept?  Check out Khan Academy for free educational videos

-Google is offering free virtual tours of more than 1,200 museums across the globe through their Arts and Culture platform.

-For crafty kids, check out DIY Network, it has how-to videos, easy-to-make toys and DIY crafts.

-This is a neat website that we just had to share.  Storyline Online is a website that has movie stars read their favorite stories to kids. 

-Hands On as We Grow has a long list of experiments for younger children using products around the house.

 

Remember this is a weird time for children no longer in class every day, it is an adjustment for them too.  Implementing an agenda and having your week planned will help everything run more smoothly.