For many of us, working from home poses a bunch of new challenges. From setting up a comfortable and ergonomically sound work space to using new tools to stay in touch with colleagues and clients, working from home isn’t as easy as it sounds. But throw in the challenge of home-schooling children and things get very challenging. Here are a few things to do that could make things a little easier.
1. Create A Dedicated Space
Just as it’s important for you to have a work space, the same applies to your kids while they’re doing school from home. If your kids have a desk in their room that’s pretty easy but many don’t. However, there are alternatives. A trestle table in the living room, some old magazine holders for school books and set up a power board for charging devices.
2. Have A Schedule And Be Creative
As much as possible, Try to replicate the kids’ school schedule. That includes start times, fruit breaks, playtime and other activities. Create a schedule for each day that covers the learning they’d usually do.
3. Designate A “Teacher”
There’s a need to balance things especially if both parents are working from home or it is a single parent family. The teacher for the day can be based on workload, conference calls and online meetings and other commitments.
4. Be Patient
Everyone in the household needs to be patient. It’s a strange situation for everyone and you and your kids will all handle it differently. When in confined quarters, it’s important to take a breath before reacting to blow-ups of arguments.
5. Allow For Alone Time
Kids have plenty of opportunity to work solo at school. If there’s reading time in the schedule, let them do that outside if the weather permits or in their rooms. Also let them wear headphones and listen to music while working so they can more easily ignore ambient noise and other potential distractions.