If the COVID-19 crisis has left you working from home, you find yourself confronted with a new set of unique challenges. This holds particularly true if you’re a parent whose kids are staying home with during the typical 9-to-5. While working from home with kids is a real challenge, taking a few steps can help make the process easier for everyone.
Let people know what (and who) you’re working with
While viral videos might have you think that kids busting into the room on a call is cute or funny, it can be a major problem if you’re speaking with an important client, customer, or supervisor. To avoid any ill feelings, let anyone you’re on a call with know that your kids are home, which will ensure no one is surprised to hear crying or see a small face pop up on a Zoom call. On the flipside, make sure your little ones know that you have an important meeting and that they need to be as quiet as possible.
Empower your kids to entertain themselves
Even if they have a short attention span or finnicky sense of focus, your child should be able to lock into a n unsupervised activity long enough for you to get important stuff done. Whether it’s putting the baby down to nap, turning on the television for an afternoon cartoon, or giving your kid a chore or homework to complete by a deadline, you can create pockets of time where you can better focus on your work while your kid focuses on their own tasks.
There are lots of different things that you can do to make working from home with kids easier. In the end, it’s important to remember that even after a bad day, the best thing about it is knowing your kids there with you, safe and sound. From the family at Ken Nelson Nissan in Dixon, IL, to you and yours: stay safe and healthy.