How are parents managing remote work while schools are closed?
A question a lot of parents are facing with schools and offices being closed is “what do I do with my kids while I’m working?” If you’re fortunate enough to only have one working parent, this challenge is a little easier, but what if both parents are working? I recently read an article that shared some great tips. I’ve listed a few below that I thought stood out.
- Tag team - take turns with your partner to take shifts during the day. This will mean working earlier and later into the evenings, and maybe some unusual meeting times, but if you’re struggling with this -- everyone else is too.
- While in a normal setting we may want to minimize background noise from kids, or seeing a child on the screen, these aren’t normal times. If you have a baby, and the baby needs to be held, you may need to do so even when you’re on screen. Your colleagues will understand.
- Plan meetings during nap time
- Loosen screen time
- Find educational programs and activities kids can do with less guidance or on their own (drawing, building, clay, etc. can be some great examples)
- Allow small play dates with close friends and families. Having your child have a play date with one or two other children can be okay, so long as both families are responsible, and their home environment is low risk (doesn’t have elderly or immunocompromised inhabitants).
These are just a few ideas from the article, would love to hear what other ideas you are trying.