5 tips for balancing working from home with parenting.
It would be fair to say Australia’s COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have impacted working-from-home (WFH) parents even more than most.
Sure, there are some positives to being at home and spending more time with the kids. But let’s be honest, there are also some challenges – like trying to focus on work and be productive when your little ones are craving attention. If you’re concerned or struggling with a work/life balance that’s been tipped on its head, you’re not alone.
To help, we’ve put together our top five tips for parenting while working from home and staying sane in the process.
4. Lay down some family ground rules.
It’s one thing to set up your home office and mentally prepare yourself for a lifestyle change, but it will all amount to nothing if you don’t communicate your approach to the rest of the household. Along with the children, this includes your co-parent, partner or any other adults sharing the home. Have a family dinner to talk about everyone’s responsibilities, expectations and concerns during this unusual period. Laying a few ground rules will help eliminate any uncertainty about this unexpected arrangement.
5. Look on the bright side
The current situation may not be ideal, but look on the bright side – it’s an opportunity for you to find out if the WFH lifestyle is suitable long-term, for your children to see you in ‘work mode’ and perhaps become more independent, and for the entire household to bond in a new way.
And remember, this phase won’t last forever. Eventually you’ll be back driving the kids to school and picking them up in your Hyundai SUV after another day at the office. Enjoy the novelty while it lasts.