Build a Family Thriving Plan for Working From Home With Children
Are you a “working from home” family? We have all been finding ways to cope as parents, grandparents, teenagers, young adults and especially with little ones about. Working from home used to apply to only the self-employed. Now most of us are up to our eyeballs in sorting out how we all work and learn and play and eat all under one roof every day!
Here are four key tips to build a new daily Family Thriving Plan. Let’s imagine this is an opportunity, not a crisis. We will get through this together.
Family Thriving Tip #1: Have a schedule for the entire day… every day
This is THE most important tip! Create a large flip-chart size schedule for the entire day to help facilitate working from home with children. Coordinate and plan mealtimes, chores, school and homework time, work time (for you), break time, play dates, screen time, entertainment and game time, reading time, and family time. Use your creative side – what about music time, theatre/play time, exercise time, outside time and whatever you can think of as something you can add to a time block. Get everyone onboard to help keep it going, so you do not end up being the nag or trying to enforce military precision.
Family Thriving Tip #2: Understand your own expectations
Review your own capacity, challenges, expectations, and emotional bandwidth. Take a realistic look at the world as it is right now and how we are all doing our best. Speak to your boss about your schedule, how much you can accomplish and ask for any support they can offer. Tap into any outside support such as grandparents (you can show them how to do a video call) and they can help with reading or other learning opportunities. Also, you can manage your own time blocks in 50 minutes, not 60 minutes, so you can catch your breath for 10 minutes and check on the kids. Be kind to yourself. Self-care is a must!
Family Thriving Tip #3: Set clear boundaries and create systems
Draw your line in the sand and stick with it, say many seasoned parents who are a working from home family. They have learned how to communicate to their kids (without shouting) the basic guidelines to help Mum get her work done. Many parents have shared that when the door is shut, this means no coming in! (Be sure to open it when you are done so everyone understands the system.)
Family Thriving Tip #4: Set up snack and drink stations
A working from home family can become an “all hands on deck” family. This is the new approach for including everyone to join the planning, preparing and even helping create a “snack bar.” The night before, build into your planning enough drinks and healthy snacks for the whole family that can be available to them on their own, complete with portions in ready-to-go small containers. Build up resilience in your kids by teaching them how to prepare a day’s worth of snacks and drinks.
We hope you enjoyed our tips on how to thrive as a family when parents are working from home with children at home and are learning together. Don’t forget to check out our other organizing and also cleaning tips such as how to organise your home and tidy up properly, great home office ideas to inspire you, and how to improve your self-management.
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