9 tips for parents during work-from-home

Article written by Sergiu Bumbacea and Filip Popescu M.Sc.

Hello everyone, and welcome back to our blog! Today we will show you 9 tips for parents during these changing times.

Since last year, everything is different and we have to adapt ourselves to this new “era” of working: work-from-home. Down you will find our best tips for you!

 
 
1. Get Creative With Your Schedule
 
It may not be possible to get all your work done during regular business hours if you’re also on duty with the kids. That said, one of the best benefits of working at home is flexibility, especially if you are your own boss. If your son or daughter is fussing during your office hours and it’s a beautiful day, it’s okay to push assignments aside and play outside
 
2. Capitalize On Naptime
 
Take advantage of naptime for staying productive while working from home. Whether your kid sleeps for one hour or three, use this time to finish assignments that require your complete focus and concentration.
 
3. Keep Kids Entertained
 
Set aside a few cool toys that your kids can play with, or arrange playdates or special movie viewings only during your work time. If your children have something to look forward to, they’ll be less likely to interrupt you. 
 
4. Seek Extra Help If You Need It
 
You may think working at home means you can skip child care, but you’ll have days when you need help—and that’s okay (as long as you aren’t under self-quarantine).
 
5. Build in daily exercise
 
Sparrow recommends doing a workout with your children – or two mini workouts of 15 minutes each during the day: “It’s a way to connect with them and keep yourself in good shape too.”
 
6. Make use of online educational resources
 
Aside from what may be provided by your children’s school, there are many educational resources to explore. You can check also our post about E-learning tools that parents can use to help their kids.
 
7. Get the kids online
 
⁃ “This is a lifesaver: get them chatting to friends and family online,” says Dr. Amanda Gummer, founder of website Dr. Gummer’s Good Play Guide. “Setting up a remote game with friends or your extended family for your children is a great way of getting you some time to work.”
 
8. Cut yourself some slack.
 
You’re probably not going to be able to put in an 8-hour day or get as much done as you would have liked. That’s alright. Be realistic, don’t worry about perfection, and take care of what you can — mainly your top priorities. Most importantly, appreciate this quality time that you have with your children.
 
9. Make a routine for your kid to keep him occupied while you are working
 
We are developing a schedule that will help your kid spending his time in a constructive way. Check here our weekly programs!
 

Here is a video that we picked and we think will be useful for everyone! Take a look!

Also, in our research we found some work-from-home jobs that will get you some extra income. You can check all of the lists here.

Poshmark: is the ideal spot to sell your lightly used or handmade clothing online. All you have to do is take a photo of your items for sale, upload them to your online closet
 
Chegg: Becoming a virtual tutor through websites like Chegg can be a very productive way to earn some extra cash flow.
 
World Wide 101: is a premium subscription staffing website that provides virtual assistants to those in need. Although you have the luxury of working from home, you are still titled “a world-class business support specialist”.
 
Amazon Mechanical Turk: Yes, another work-from-home opportunity courtesy of Amazon. When businesses submit Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) to Amazon, Mechanical Turk workers can choose the jobs they would like to assist with and upon completion, they can submit their task for payment.

How do you spend your week during the work-from-home time? How can you get rid of all your problems?

Please share with us.

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