The rapid spread of COVID-19 has meant that many individuals are having to face the sudden reality of working from home. Whilst this may appear idyllic, the recent school closures have meant that many parents are having to simultaneously juggle work commitments with chaotic family life; a daunting task for everyone involved. To help, we have created a guide to help you manage childcare whilst working from home.
Create a Routine
As both adults and children thrive in a routine, it is important to create a structure for the day. This doesn’t have to be too specific, as long as it gives you a rough guideline for things to do in the day. We recommend that you set out 30 minutes of your morning to create these small, realistic daily goals as this will allow you to minimise levels of procrastination and future disappointment.
Reward Good Behaviour
Depending on the age of your children, we also recommend creating a reward chart, to help encourage good behaviour. By implementing fun family activities, such as building a puzzle or baking, into the reward chart, you will be able to give your children something to look forward to, whilst ensuring that they complete their school work and help with household jobs.
Have a Designated Workplace
Having a designated spot to spend your working day can be highly useful in boosting productivity, both for yourself and your children. You can do this by clearing a non-communal, quiet area in the house, and designating it as your workplace. By doing this, you will be able to make the transition from work or school time much easier and ensure that your home still feels like a place that you can relax in.
Being expected to become professional teachers whilst fulfilling work commitments can be extremely daunting. we highly recommend utilising online resources to take away the stress of teaching yourself. We recommend using platforms like TedEd and Youtube, which offer video content to help educate and occupy children, especially when you’re busy with conference calls. Alternatively, if your child’s school have offered particular online resources, consider familiarising yourself with these to get the best out of them.
Communicate with your partner
If you live in a two-parent household, the process of delegating roles relating to childcare and various other housework responsibilities can be stressful. To minimise this, we recommend discussing individual workloads with one another whilst being open to compromising. This will allow you to effectively prioritise and plan tasks around taking care of your children.
Transparency is Key
Although your manager will be aware of your remote working circumstances, they may be unaware of the complexities of doing so as a parent. We therefore recommend a transparent and honest line of communication with your employer. By openly discussing your home-life situation, you will be able to find a way to manage your workload in a way which benefits both you and your co-workers.
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