How to work from home with kids and balance work and play together?
This is the challenge for parents stuck with kids at home and things may turn worse during emergencies like pandemics. While lockdown and self-isolation are helping you and your kids stay safe and healthy, you can’t enjoy a smooth workflow with limited child care options. If you have no experience of work from home with kids, then you may find it hard to be productive and stay sane. It may take a toll on your physical and mental health.
So, how to peacefully work from home with kids and avoid job burnout and mental outbursts? How to prevent awkward situations like your child shouting at the background while you’re suggesting new ideas to your boss?
Here are a few proven strategies to work from home with kids and make your life easier.
1. Stay organized and creative
Dealing with your cranky child while trying to meet an urgent deadline can mess up everything. Work smarter! Just set a daily routine that helps you accomplish your daily work targets and fulfill household responsibilities. Setting realistic goals and adding time for playing with your children, teaching or watching movies with them will keep your stress level low.
By preparing your daily routine in advance, you can keep your necessary resources handy and be productive. To avoid interruptions you may negotiate with your boss for working at odd hours. I am sure, your employer too is juggling kids and work. Having a creative schedule is a win-win situation for both of you. No more blemishes on your work ethics.
Working from home doesn’t mean you lose the sense of professionalism. It means you have to create a warm work environment to become more productive than ever.
2. Have a designated workspace
If you work from home with kids, the bedroom or couch may not be the right option. Of course, you don’t want your whining little ones to ruin your Skype meetings. Right?
To focus and manage interruption set up a dedicated space in your house like a storeroom or study room with a good internet connection. You can shut the door whenever you want with a “do not disturb” sign on it that can act as a visual cue for your kids in the home.
That’s a wonderful getaway from all the chaos and devastation that occurs when you are working alongside your children.
3. Take advantage of sleep time
Make most of your kid’s nap time says Louise Pentland, a best-selling author, and parenting vlogger. You can give full concentration in your work and self-care activities like yoga for a set amount of time. If your child is too old for naps then you got to be flexible by planning and accomplishing serious tasks after they sleep at night or before they wake up in the morning. This is also the right time to plan out other activities for your child that doesn’t require enough supervision.
4. Keep your kids engaged
Why not let your kid have an agenda for each day? When the schools are closed, you can take the help of school teachers to structure your cutie’s day. Set a fixed time for snacking, playing, naps, school projects, and so on.
Add sufficient time for kid’s entertainment and free play by taking advantage of interesting toys in the market or the latest technology like brain games apps or audiobooks. Once the pandemic is over, you can also add short trips or a visit to playgrounds in your kid’s daily routine.
If you really want to have a peaceful and joyous life, leave your work on time and spend some great moments with family.
With such a creative routine and flexibility, you don’t have to guide your child’s activities too much. (that doesn’t work for toddlers). Add sufficient breaks and kids hours in your own daily routine to feel more connected to them. Reward good behavior of your child and they will ensure your smooth workflow.