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January 6, 2022

Tips for WFH with kids

How to prep for the new normal. Again. 

Here we go again, parents. Schools around the country are considering shifting to remote learning or have already done so. The surge in cases has also meant days of quarantining with school-aged kids. 

Maybe the last time around went smoothly for you. Or maybe you were the one with the Zoom-bombing child. Whatever the case, it may help to revisit some WFH strategies. 

Here are 5 things you can do to cope if you’re back to working from home.

  1. Create a daily schedule. You can’t recreate school. You can only hope to approximate it. That includes a schedule. Leah Booth, a speech-language pathologist at the Yale Child Study Center, says: “If your child is young, it can be a pictorial sequence you can draw and put on the fridge. This works for children preschool through high school. It can be that breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. followed by clean-up time from 8:05 to 8:10 a.m. I would get specific, especially for littler kids.”
  2. Find your sweet spot. It’s about more than where you work. It’s also about when. Many find that getting up much earlier than the kids or working after they’ve gone to bed helps productivity and builds in a buffer of flexibility when things don’t go as planned. Put on that pot of coffee!
  3. Time to get the wiggles out. Put it on the that daily schedule you’re going to make (see #1). Little ones crave time with you. They also need physical activity. It’s important to set time aside for play. When they start getting antsy, it helps to point to the calendar to remind them you need just a little bit more quiet time.
  4. Set up no-go zones. Home is mostly a free-range zone for kids. They’re also used to having free rein to talk to mom and dad when they want to. It’s important to set expectations (yeah, easier said than done) with your young ones. Rules like, “when the door is closed, I’m not to be disturbed” can help kids adjust to your schedule at home.
  5. Make snack and fun areas. Call this the “throw twinkies and toys in the room and run” strategy. Setting up drinks and snacks before the day gets started, however, will save you many interruptions. Making crayons/markers, paper or other crafty stuff accessible will also help keep ‘em happy–and buy you a little extra focus time.

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