WFHWK – Working from home with kids

Hey Friends,

Carla here. I wanted to dive into the WFHWK dilemma a LOT of us are currently navigating during the Coronavirus quarantine. While, I believe we are undoubtedly doing what is right for our families, I think we can all agree the change in routine can throw you for a bit of curve.

After doing some research on the subject and drawing on my own experience, I thought it may be helpful to share what I have learned with all of you, and offer up a few tips you can utilize for the next few weeks as we navigate the situation together.

For those of you that don’t know, I am a Mom of two.  I have a four year old and a 10 month old, so I am currently in the throws of a very intense parenting phase.  My kids desire a great deal of my attention, and I love spending time with them.  With that being said, striking the right balance can be tricky at times when work is intense and everyone is at home together. So, here are a few things I am trying to do to navigate this extra time at home and still manage to be productive in the process.

1.  Realize that things are NOT going to be perfect. 

You have to go in with this in mind, so that you don’t feel like a failure at the end of the day when everything on your to-do list is not marked off.

2.  Keep breakfast, lunch, and dinner very simple! 

If you make a mess in the kitchen while cooking every meal, you are going to have twice as much to clean up afterwards, which means that you will spend more time cleaning than you anticipate.  Think one-pot meals at dinner, quick sandwiches at lunch, and boiled eggs and fruit for breakfast.  Wham-Bam, every meal is done and cleaned up in no-time and you have more time to spend with kids and on your work.

3.  If you can, balance out the day with your significant other. 

Rotate shifts.  Maybe you have the kids til noon, and he or she does the majority of care-taking after lunch, til dinner.

4. Start earlier and work later! 

This is one that saves me quite often.  Things like emails, content creation, memos, and special projects can be done before the kids wake up and after they go to bed at night.

5.  During CONFERENCE CALLS, distract the kids with independent play activities, a nap, outside playtime with your partner, or their favorite show (I know, cringe.  But you gotta do, what you gotta do!). 

Schedule these at YOUR convenience when you are able to do so, and lean on your partner for help in this capacity when your work needs your FULL ATTENTION.

6.  Tidy up in the evening and get organized for the next day. 

Print off puzzles and games for the big ones, and think about things that may make your day easier with the small ones.

7.  Spend some time OUTSIDE if you can and stay social while #socialdistancing. 

Kids need to burn off steam, and the fresh air will do you some good as well.  Its also great to FaceTime loved ones, and to try to stay connected via text and through phone calls to other Moms and Dads.  It definitely helps!

8.  Listen to Podcasts while preparing meals and while you are cleaning. 

They help to keep your brain engaged and your goals in focus while you are out of the office. 

9.  Shower and get READY everyday. 

Even if you just get cleaned up, put on a bra, and brush your teeth it will make you feel a MILLION times better.  

10.  Try to squeeze in a quick work-out. 

I know, I know your plate is VERY FULL.  But, when I say quick, I mean really quick!  Go for a walk, do a quick HIIT online workout, download a BARRE work-out.  Anything to get your blood moving.  It will make you feel more like yourself. 

I hope these tips help as we all try to navigate this current professional and personal phase in our lives.  I’d LOVE to hear your tips on how you are navigating working from home with kids (WFHWK).

Originally posted on EOS Careers.

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