Schools and many childcare centers are closing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As companies shift as many roles as possible to working from home, some parents are now finding themselves juggling work, home schooling, and childcare at the same time. In this blog post, we’re sharing some tips for keeping your family happy and the kids safe while you’re working from home.
Stick to a Routine
It can be tempting to stay in your pjs all day when you don’t have to commute to work and school but creating a new routine will help your family adjust. Involve your children in the process. What do they want to do during free time? When do you need everyone to focus on quiet activities like reading so you can concentrate on work or participate in a video conference call? How is your family going to exercise? As you consider your weekly schedule, think about making time to call friends and family members throughout the week. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social disconnection, and a quick chat or video call can really brighten everyone’s day.
If you have very young children, plan to work as much as you can during naps. If you and your spouse are both home for the foreseeable future, you may be able to reconfigure your work schedules so that you can both alternate between work and childcare.
Virtual playdates with a child’s friend or a family member can also help create times for you to focus while your child is engaged in a conversation or activity, such as reading a story over the phone.
Build in Fun Breaks
Whether your children are focusing on schoolwork or simply enjoying spring break at home, make the most of the time you have together. Build breaks into your workday to spend time with your kids. That might mean working for 30-60 minutes and then taking a 10-minute break to play fetch with your dog or make a healthy snack together. If age appropriate, involve the kids in food preparation and clean up. It will save you time and teach them useful skills.
Keep Cleaning Products and Medication Out of Reach
Make sure to store all household cleaning products and any other chemicals, such as pesticides, out of reach of children. While cleaning and disinfecting are important, especially now, don’t forget to keep those items stored out of reach and sight. Medications and vitamins should also be stored out of reach and out of sight.
If your child has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.