As the current health crisis continues to escalate, businesses and schools across the country are taking extra precautions by closing their doors. That means some parents are finding themselves in the unexpected situation of working from home while also caring for – and in some cases, also educating – their children. In many cases, parents don’t have the extra funds to hire a caretaker, and with 32% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck – they can’t afford to take time off of work.
One-third of Salary Finance employees (33%) are working parents who are now faced with the same challenges as many other working Americans. They’ve suddenly become full-time employees and full-time parents all at once. To best navigate this unfamiliar territory, Salary Finance employees have gotten creative with their approach. We’ve compiled some of their best tips to share with you.
Tips for Working from Home with Kids
1. Create a schedule and stick to it. Routine is important for all of us, but especially kids. While your child’s routine is disrupted due to daycare or school closures, establish a new normal for their day and stick to it. If your child is used to a set nap time, make sure not to skip this. Use this time to complete work assignments that require more focus.
2. Download free learning apps to keep them entertained. Kids today have access to so many educational apps on their devices. There are thousands to choose from, but to help narrow your search, our employees suggested a few. For younger kids, try apps like Funbrain Jr., ABC Mouse, and PBS Kids. For older kids, try apps like Khan Academy, Duolingo, and Elevate.
3. Incorporate a time for exercise. Stay active and encourage movement throughout the day. Try streaming toddler yoga or kid dance videos to keep them engaged while you work. Going for a walk during your lunch break, while continuing to practice social distancing, is another good option.
4. Do your best to include them in “work”. Try to include your kids in the work you’re doing even if it’s just pretend! Give them an assignment to complete while you focus on your work.
5. If possible, invite extended family or friends to stay with you. The extra hands can help! This isn’t an option for all of us, but if you do have family nearby that are able to extend a helping hand, don’t be afraid to ask for help. We’re all doing the best we can.
6. Most importantly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Don’t feel obligated to take on the role of ‘teacher’ while you’re stuck at home. Take it day by day until you find your stride. This will pass, but in the meantime, remember we’re in this together and we’re here to help!