At this point, majority of everyone is at home and so are the kids. Which brings a new challenge to trying to work and take care of kids. Well good news, you leveled up in parenting and received a new badge. This isn’t going to be easy, there will be yelling, frustrations, feeling annoyed with your new found co-workers and all the other feelings. All of those feelings are ok! Remember, this is temporary and you will get through it.
I’ve listed out our current schedule that seems to be working well. We do not get hung up on it, we use it as more of a guide and try to stay flexible. This biggest piece of being able to work and take care of the kids is the communication between Dana and me. Each night, after the kids go to bed and then in the morning we review our schedules. We determine which calls we have with clients where we need no interruptions and which calls it’s ok if a child pops on the web call or screams in the back ground (it’s happened a few times now).
We decided to take blocks of time where one parent gets to work with no interruptions while the other parent works and maintains the kids then we flip flop. I generally take the am as I wake up earlier and I am more focused in the am. Naturally people have up to a four hour window where they are most productive. Mine is in the morning and Dana’s is later in the day.
I work from 5:30 AM to 11:30 AM interruption free (for the most part) while Dana works and maintains the kids schedule. Then I take over until 6 PM. We both take a break for lunch and go for a walk outside with the kids. Then when they go down for a nap, we get back to work. We’ll also work in the evenings when the kicks go to bed if there is anything we didn’t get done during the day. There are points when we will have to tap in if we need to do an uninterrupted call. That’s where flexibility and patience comes in 🙂 Also, at 5:30 PM parent two (typically Dana) gets a 20 min decompress time (this would take the place of the drive home). Then I get time to myself when I’m making dinner.
By no means to do we follow this perfectly. We use this as a guide and remain flexible. We do have moments when things go crazy but we try to keep moving forward. Sometimes to help with frustrating moments, we’ll have a scream session. I’ll have everyone count to three then we all scream as loud as we can. We’ll do that three times and then we all feel a little better. It usually ends in giggles.
I try to remember to give grace to myself and my family. I also try to remember that this is a blessing in disguise, that I get to be home with my family and spend a little extra time with them.
How are you holding up? What are you doing to get work done and maintain kids “schedules”?