By: Jackie Sekunda
By this time most parents are finding themselves working from home while their children are also home from school and expected to attend school through remote learning. Balancing work, school, and family time presents a new challenge for families. Here are some helpful tips to use during this time.
- If possible alternate childcare/homeschooling and work throughout the day with a spouse or partner.
- Set up a schedule- children and adults thrive on routine.
- Communicate honestly and openly- this is a stressful time for everyone. Remember that children take their cues from parents so try and manage your own feelings and concerns.
- Be active- physical activity is a great way to reduce stress. If indoors have a dance or cleaning party. Take this time to be silly and show kids the moves you did at their age and play the music you loved. If you can go outside, go on a nature walk, scavenger hunt, or family bike ride.
- Be flexible- everyone will need to do this. While relying on screen time is not ideal, it sometimes may be the only option. Everyone is doing the best they can.
- Find the fun in staying home- cook a fun themed dinner, have a game/movie night, read a good book. Online books are available through the public library system.
And finally, reach out for support. Call a friend or family member and enjoy a light conversation. Reach out to your child’s school for any academic or emotional support your family may need. Although we may have to stay six feet away from each other, we are virtually a click or call away.