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How to Work from Home Effectively with Your Kids Around



With the pandemic outbreak, all schools are to be closed with parents and children working and schooling remotely from home. This means balancing the demands of work and home life at the same time. How do we work from home effectively while making sure our kids are not neglected?

1. Schedule

Setting a strict schedule and making sure you and your kids stick to it will be the most effective way. Having your kids knowing what to do by every hour ensures they are constantly occupied, be it attending their classes online, having playtime and so on. Make your work schedule also known to your kids to make them understand when not to interrupt you especially when you are in your meetings.

2. Set Boundaries

With you at home, your kids may demand more of your attention during your working hours. You might find it useful to allow more screen time to keep them occupied instead of them walking in on your meetings. However, it is crucial to highlight to your children that this freedom will not go on forever. Have an area in your home and explain to you children that this is your office space where you should not be interrupted unless needed.

3. Take More Frequent Breaks

Breaks are more important when you are working from home. Take a break to say hi to your kids or even grab a snack. This minimizes the chances of your child barging into your office area while you are getting your work done.

4. Make Shift

If you’re in a position where you or your spouse has a flexible working schedule, it is best to take alternate shifts so that you both are able to have uninterrupted work time. So some extra planning to maximize your day.

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