While everyone is on “social distance”, parenthood gets closer than ever. Latest from this week onwards, many of us work from home. While this allows for the opportunity to work from home with their kids close by, working from home with kids can certainly also a big challenge.
Depending on the age (and mood) of our little ones, on your role, on the fact on whether your job requires to do many calls from home etc., the challenge to master your tasks with your kids under the same roof varies from easy peasy to emergency breakdown.
Here we share a few pieces of advice from our communities’mums & dads:
Tip #1: Enjoy the special moments of peace.
When the kids deeply indulge in playing with their toys and you hear them talking to themselves and their toys — those moments are priceless.
Tip #2: Communicate clearly to your partner.
Setting expectations with your partner is paramount to know when you can support each other or take over shifts.
Tip #3: No pressure.
If things don’t work out the way you’d hoped, it feels best to just keep on sending love to your kids and delay to catch up on work after bedtime or the following morning.
Tip #5: Let kids be kids.
Every once in a while, I just let them go at it with paint, sand, water, or cookies! It’s freeing and makes for a quiet 30 minutes and might give you just the time you need to handle a call with an important client.
Tip #6: Utilize nap times.
I get up as early as I can and sneak in some work time before the little one wakes up and after they go to bed at night. Naps may not be easy to schedule or plan on, but making the most of each one has helped me a lot.
Tip #7: Rotate toys to keep them exciting.
This can buy an extra 10–20 minutes of independent play time to get a few more things done!
Tip #8: Have a bottle or snack ready before meetings.
If baby might wake up or get cranky mid-meeting, having a bottle or some cookies ready to go can be a life-saver to avoid a mental breakdown for both of you.