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As more people transition to a work from home environment, the added mission of looking after the kids while working has become a staunch reality.
Parents across the globe are finding themselves doubling as their children’s primary educator while schools close their doors.
It’s a balancing act but one that can be achieved with some planning and a few deep breaths. We’ve sourced some tried and tested methods to ease the stress starting with a guide on how to work from home like a pro.
Having some sort of normality in these turbulent times can assist in creating a productive environment. Many households are adopting a scheduled approach including time for schooling, breaks, chores and meals for the family to follow. Every household is different so adopt a style that works best for you and remember to be flexible. Some ideas on how to create a successful schedule include:
Communicating your current situation and expectations to those around you is one thing you can control to make your life a whole lot easier. Whether it’s by Skype, phone or email, keep people in the loop.
Set some time to discuss your situation with your manager including work-load expectations and any roadblocks that may come along the way. Working together and being transparent is going to ease the stress and make it a better process for all involved because let’s face it, not everything goes to plan!
There’s plenty of apps and resources to help manage your work-life-teaching-parenting balance.
It’s a lot to manage and can feel overwhelming but it’s important to remember that you are not in this alone. Break up the day and make time to be social with other friends and family, especially members who may be in the same position. Jump online and see what support groups are available and make it your mission to join their next meeting.
One of the biggest problems is overthinking and over researching the best ways to home school. These are unprecedented times, you need to believe in yourself, go with what feels right and stop being your biggest critic. You’ve got this!
Enjoy the time with your kids. Try and make the most of the situation and do things together you may not have had the time to do before. It’s a juggling act that can be achieved with a bit of flexibility and imagination.