There may be times when your child has to be at home during your work day day rather than at school or child care. Trying to work from home when children and adults are in the house at the same time creates an added challenge. Here are a few ideas for parents: (1) Consider two-hour blocks of work time spaced throughout the day, (2) Post colored-paper in green, yellow, and red on your office door or wall to show your current availability to your family, (3) Maintain a family calendar, and discuss the next day's schedule together, (4) Check in with your work team about project priorities, (5) If possible, adjust your core work hours and meeting times, (6) Consider joining a parent support group (e.g., FASCCO's), (7) Stay active and develop a social life as a family, (8) Ask for help from your children's schools and teachers.
Here are a few suggestions with your children in mind: (1) Young people, like adults, thrive on routine. Try to keep a somewhat normal sleep and meal schedule, (2) Provide time for their learning, for creativity, and for free play, including outdoors, (3) Minimize screen time and schedule breaks, (4) Help your kids connect in safe and creative ways with friends and family, (5) Set up a separate space for virtual learning, (6) Consider a virtual background for your child, which can offer some family privacy, (7) Offer noise-cancelling headphones to your child, (8) Identify your child's learning style, (9) Focus on skills rather than assignments, (10) Reach out for support if you can -- the Work-Life Resource Center provides child care resources and links for finding an in-your-home babysitter or tutor.