Working from home and homeschooling at the same time isn’t for the faint of heart! As of last week, multiple states have closed down schools and a lot of businesses have switched to working from home…
So a lot of professionals are now forced into this position. Which means you better eat your Wheaties folks and do some quick cardio, you gotta get that heart tough for the next little bit.
As a mom to 5 kiddos that I homeschool and as the CFO and co-founder of ExitNest Inc., a real estate tech startup with a work remote culture, I have some practice in managing the two. I figured now would be a good time to share a few things I’ve learned that keeps the crazy at bay.
1. Have A Schedule And Routine
For example, we try to have a morning and nightly routine and then do time blocking in between. I block out chunks that are for my work and during those times I have activities that my children can do without assistance. See the resources below for ideas.
2. Have A Day That You Throw The Schedule Out The Window
Unless you have to work specific hours for your company, obviously, you have to keep those hours. On this day you can put more of your energy into whatever needs extra attention. I call it a catch-up day, catch-up on a project for work, catch-up on a child’s reading, catch-up with meetings, catch-up on family.
3. Don’t Forget To Eat
One cannot run on coffee or energy drinks alone. This one may be an unexpected tip but it is so important! When there is so much going on and you’re dealing with the extra stress of having to get your work done plus make sure your child/children are safe and not coloring all over your walls, let alone that their brains are not rotting, you gotta keep the “hangryness” away and eat your meals.
4. Put Your Kids To Work
This is educational as well as helpful. Depending on the age, your child can pick up a little slack in the chores department, help a younger sibling with what they need to learn or do some cooking. They can even be helpful within your business (age matters here for sure) doing filing, research for a project or article, etc. A lot of people may be thinking there is no way this one isn’t going to drive me crazy, getting kids to do chores is enough to make anyone go batty… but some days it can work like magic. We put a lot of focus on the fact that we are a team and as a member of the team they need to pitch in. Then give a lot of positive reinforcement… sometimes a payment or a reward.
If you are religious this can be prayer.. or something along those lines, maybe a glass of wine at the end of the day 😉 When in this situation if you don’t take a minute to decompress every day you just aren’t going to be able to perform to the best of your abilities for your business/boss or for your family.
6. Use All The Resources Available
This could mean different things to different people, just know its ok to get help. I like to use several educational shows, programs, and websites that are educational and can keep my kids engaged and busy so I can have focused work time. I will put a list of resources that I have found that I love plus some extras that are available (since the schools are closed right now) at the bottom of this article.
7. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Some days, things will not go as planned, you may have so much on your plate that you don’t know where to start. On those days just take one thing at a time and “don’t beat yourself up”. If work is super stressful it’s going to be hard to deal with the stress of your kids not wanting to do chores or feeling overwhelmed by a book report. Sometimes somethings gotta give and that may mean they watch Disney plus all day or you have them read a good book all day. Just go with the flow and don’t be too hard on yourself or your kids.
My Favorite Resources:
- Kahn Acadamy (they are currently doing a free program at this link but Kahn Academy is always fantastic)
- PBS Kids
- How Stuff Works
- The Discovery section on Disney +
- Nat Geo
- Google Image (you can find all sorts of free resources and printables just by googling what you would like)
Resources I have found since schools have closed:
Free Reading Websites:
Remote Field Trips:
I tried finding an actual link to the original person who posted but couldn’t.. these can all be googled.