04 Sep How to Juggle Working from Home and At-Home Learning
This fall, thanks to the pandemic, many children will be logging into virtual classrooms while their parents work from home. But it can be tricky to figure out how to get all your work done while making time to assist your child. It can take a few weeks to adjust to this “new normal,” but eventually, your family will adapt. Here’s how to manage working from home and at-home learning.
When you’re working from home and supporting your child’s at-home learning, every additional domestic task takes up precious time in your day. Spend time on the weekend meal prepping so that you don’t feel overwhelmed during the week. It’s a good idea to stick with this method moving forward. While it’s all too easy to indulge in takeout, cooking for yourself will help your family's tay healthy this fall.
Hire Administrative Help
Over the next few months, you’ll want to outsource work whenever possible. When it comes to the home, there are plenty of ways to do this. You can hire a cleaning service to come in periodically, opt to order all your groceries online, or even consider a regular meal service delivery. If you are a freelancer or small business owner, you can free up more time in your day to help your child by hiring administrative support. By hiring someone to take care of administrative tasks, you’ll be able to tackle your workload without getting distracted and wrap up your day earlier. Look to freelance job boards to hire admin support as necessary while getting a break on employee taxes.
Create a Comfortable Environment
In addition to eliminating safety hazards in your home, you should make sure that both you and your child can complete your work in comfortable environments throughout the day. Take some time to set up your home office, and put away any items that might prove distracting. You can also design a small space for your child to work! Ensure they have a place to sit, a desk or table, and all of the school supplies they will need for at-home learning tasks and assignments. Before the day ends, teach your child to spend a few minutes cleaning up their workspace.
The younger your child is, the more frequently you will have to check in on them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t set some workday boundaries. Talk to your child about your schedule. Let them know when you’ll be able to lend them a hand and when you’ll need time to work uninterrupted. It’s a good idea to sit down for lunch together so they can ask you questions and let you know how their day is going.
Connect With Teachers
Your child’s teachers know that the past few months have been a difficult time for families everywhere. It’s okay to reach out if you know that your child is struggling with at-home learning. Very Well Family recommends talking to your child’s teachers if they are having trouble with virtual learning. They may have some helpful suggestions that will allow your child to get back on track.
Helping With Homework
When your child needs help with homework, KidsHealth recommends finding ways to explain the topic through real-world examples. If your child is having trouble with assignments you can’t help with, it may be time to look into hiring a tutor. A tutor can ensure your child catches up to the rest of their class and doesn’t fall behind.
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For many families, this fall will be an adjustment period. Both you and your child will have to respect each other’s needs. If you can prioritize careful time management and work out a structure that accommodates your work schedule and your child’s education, you will both feel confident as you take on this new challenge.
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For more tips, read our blog on How to Overcome Remote Learning Challenges.
Our special thanks to Edutude’s Laura P. for writing this post and providing us with her excellent tips.