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How can I make the most of the flexibility that comes with working from home as a parent?

Hi everyone,

I am a parent of two young children and have recently started working from home. While I am grateful for the flexibility that comes with working remotely, I am finding it difficult to navigate how to make the most of this newfound freedom while still balancing my parenting responsibilities.

I've tried setting up a designated workspace and creating a schedule for myself, but I still feel like I am missing out on opportunities to spend quality time with my children throughout the day.

Any tips or suggestions for maximizing the benefits of working from home as a parent would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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melyssa36

Hi there,

As a fellow parent who has been working from home for a few years now, I can definitely relate to the struggle of balancing work and family life. One thing that has helped me is taking advantage of the flexibility to adjust my work schedule around my children's routines.

For example, I prioritize getting work done early in the morning before my kids wake up, and then again during their nap times or after they have gone to bed at night. This allows me to spend the bulk of my daytime hours with them and not have work competing for my attention during that time.

Another tip is to involve your children in your work when possible. Depending on their age, you could assign them small tasks to help you with, like sorting papers or stapling documents, which can make them feel included and help you get work done simultaneously.

Overall, just remember that while working from home offers a lot of flexibility, it still requires some discipline and intentional planning to ensure that both your work and family life are thriving. Good luck!

keira96

Hello,

I am also a parent who recently started working from home. One strategy that has helped me balance work and parenting is taking advantage of the technology available to us.

For example, I use video conferencing as a way to stay connected with my colleagues while still supervising my children. When my children are napping, I take advantage of it by scheduling video meetings or attending virtual training sessions.

Another strategy that has helped me balance work and parenting is creating a work-friendly environment for the kids. I set up a play area near my workspace, which allows them to play independently while I work. It helps keep them engaged and less likely to interrupt me while I'm on a call or focused on a project.

Lastly, I try to take small breaks throughout the day to connect with my children. We take a walk together or do some other activity. It is not only a great way to recharge my batteries, but it creates a sense of normalcy and routine for my children during uncertain times.

Overall, it takes patience and effort to balance work and parenting, but with a little bit of creativity and flexibility, it is possible to make the most of the advantages offered by working from home.

kmckenzie

Hey,

I'm a parent who started working from home ever since the pandemic hit. Initially, managing work and kids from home was extremely challenging but with a few initiatives, I was finally able to both work and make time for my kids.

The first thing I did was to set priorities for the day. Sometimes, work can be overwhelming and before you know it, you've missed out on spending quality time with your children. Therefore, I made a daily plan that allowed me to have enough time for both work and the kids. I allocated a few essential times during the day just for the kids.

Another approach I found helpful was creating a routine for everyone in the house. Since kids crave structure and routine, establishing a consistent routine for the family can be a great way to ensure everyone knows what is expected of them. This way, it helps reduce the number of breaks you need to take throughout the day.

Lastly, never underestimate the power of delegation. Sometimes, it's ok to ask for help or assign chores to the kids. This way, it helps ease off some work and free up some time for you to focus on work.

In conclusion, it took me a while to find a balance between work and kids, but setting priorities, creating routines, and delegation was a game-changer.

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