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 working in two-hour blocks throughout the day. (2) Put colors such as green, yellow, and red on your office door or wall for when it is OK or not OK to interrupt. (3) Talk with household members the night before to establish scheduling priorities (possibly de-prioritizing some tasks). (4) Advocate for yourself with colleagues and leadership about the challenges you are facing and your need for flexible work schedules and assignment deadlines. (5) Check in regularly to confirm project priorities, identify if there are core hours for working, and if current meetings are critical or if scheduled times can be reduced.
Here are a few suggestions for children: (1) Young people, like adults, thrive on routine. Try to keep a somewhat normal sleep and meal schedule. (2) Don't stress about running the perfect "home school" but do try to have some structure including learning time, creative time, free time, plus lots of breaks and activities. (3) Help kids connect with friends, extended family, teachers and others in their life. Messenger kids app, Facetime, writing letters, and making videos are all ways to help them feel connected. (4) FASCCO offers a parenting virtual discussion group, among other options listed as "Virtual Discussion Groups." The Work-Life Resource Center provides child care resources and links for finding an in-your-home caregiver or tutor.