A Successful Work-from-Home Parenting Transition

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A Note from the CEO:

When the COVID-19 Pandemic came upon us, InvestiPro quickly responded by taking the same actions as most of the non-essential businesses in the U.S. We transitioned to a work-from-home scenario. And as many of you have found, it isn’t quite as easy as it seems. One of the primary reasons is that our children were also transitioned to a teach-from-home situation, requiring parents to a new course for day-to-day life. While many of us struggled to figure this out, some employees were quite obviously more successful. So I asked one of our managers, Christi H., how she made it look so utterly manageable, and her advice was so good, I asked her if I could share her advice with you. If you have any questions for Christi, please feel free to leave comments below.

CHRISTI’S WORKING FROM HOME TIPS

We are currently four weeks into working from home with our 9-year old son attending distant learning school. It’s not easy but we have found the following tips to help keep our busy family on track each day. I want to be clear; I’m not saying I have it all figured out just simply saying it is possible. A bit messy but possible.

Create a workspace
  • For you and your kids
    • Dedicate a space and include everything you need to get your job/schoolwork done. If you don’t do this, you’ll be tempted to finish that load of laundry you have tumbled 5 times already.
    • Take time to make sure it’s comfortable. This will help you feel like you are “going to work” each day. My husband likes to put jeans on to make it more official but I’m pretty sure that just makes him an overachiever. 
Create a schedule
  • Set expectations
    • Set some ground rules for both your family and you.
  • Plan for interruptions
    • There will be distractions and that’s okay. Learn what they are and how to limit them.
    • Create a “Be Quiet” sign when you are on a call, so your child knows not to interrupt unless it’s an emergency.
  • Make time for your family during the workday
    • Eat lunch together or take the dog on a walk. We find this to be a great time to reset and check in with our son abut the work he has completed and still needs to finish for the day.
  • Give kids options
    • If they finish all their work, they should feel empowered to move on to the next activity. Give them options that they can do by themselves with little to no help at all. Some examples are:
      • Art time
      • Legos
      • Listening to music
      • Reading
      • Physical activity outside
Seek help
  • Setup weekly Skype or Zoom calls
    • Have your child(ren) interview family members to get to know them better. (Feel free to download the Family Interview form below)
    • Try to schedule time every week for them to talk with their friends.

Most importantly, try to make the most out of the situation and appreciate the extra time with your family. We are all in this together and we will get through it.