Many parents are now being forced to transition into remote working positions. While most places have opened up for working at the office, businesses everywhere have found value in hiring remote workers. That’s why we wanted to feature some tips to help you adjust to working remotely with kids.
Whether you have kids home to do remote learning or the kids are home for summer break, these tips will help you adjust to working remotely with kids!
Have the Conversation
The first step is to have a conversation with your kids. Let them know that you’ll be working from home. They need to know that when you’re sitting at the computer that you must be focused on that, rather than them.
This will help your kids notice that when you’re sitting at your desk, that they cannot interrupt you unless an obvious emergency has arisen.
Create a Schedule
Make a visual schedule that your kids can see and understand. This will include things in the delegate tasks section below. Your kids should be able to see the schedule, understand it, and respect when it’s time for you to work remotely.
This will help everyone work together so that you’re successful with your new remote working position at home.
Keep the Kids Busy
A bored kid is surely a kid that will interrupt you 100 times. That’s why we highly recommend you create a playful home environment. This means having a bookshelf with plenty of books, a bin with toys, and other items that your kids can enjoy while you’re in work mode.
Having ample supplies around the home for your kids to grab and enjoy during your remote working hours will ensure that they learn to entertain themselves.
Delegate Tasks for Home
Another part of being a remote worker is finding new ways to alleviate the household chores. You’ll need to get work done but the house may appear messy. Have your kids take part in keeping the house tidy with a list of chores that each of the kids are responsible for.
This will help your kids understand the value of teamwork and helping keep the home tidy so that you can enjoy more quality time together when remote work hours are over.
Lastly, make sure you remain consistent with the schedule, rules, and expectations during your remote working hours. Kids are smart and will see a loophole if there is one. Do your best to make sure everyone in the family knows when your work hours are and what’s expected.
The visual schedule will help keep everyone on track and in line while you work remotely from home with kids.
Following these simple tips to adjust to working remotely with kids will go a long way in ensuring that you’re able to be successful with getting work done. It really doesn’t matter if you’re a work at home entrepreneur or employee, the above tips will help you succeed in getting work done in a remote environment while kids are around!