Working remotely with children? Easy with these few tips!

by Camille van Boimbroek


1. Prepare your workplace

Just like in the office, it is important to have your own place to work in peace. Is your house big? In this case, turn one of the bedrooms of the house into an office. Don’t have much space at your disposal? Set up a specific corner in the office. What matters most is the ability to work there quietly.

2. Enjoy the morning

The great advantage of working from home is that you no longer have to travel and you save time every day: no more traffic jams and no more big excitement to get your kids ready for school. Put it to good use. For example, let your kids sleep a little longer, so you can actually go to work. Thus you can stop a little earlier in the evening, so you will have more time for a great activity with your children.

3. Activities vary

To keep your kids busy, you should plan quiet activities and activities that require more energy. They can do some quiet activities on their own, such as crafting or painting. Do they need to spend more? Let them play hide and seek or run around the garden. Just like in school, you can divide your living room into several play corners: DIY corner, reading corner and doll corner for example. Do you have a video conference on your schedule for the day? Keep your kids busy by letting them watch TV or Netflix. It is important not to offer everything on the same day, but it is important to vary between several activities. Thus, your children will not be bored.

4. Routine is good

Keeping kids occupied while you work is a challenge, especially when you need it for a long time. That is why it can be useful to establish a daily routine, for example, break the day into several blocks for your children.

For you, too, it is necessary to organize your work day. Complete your tasks according to the degree of urgency and make sure that you can complete the most difficult tasks in the calmest time of the day. Maintaining a structure every day throughout the family will also allow your children to adapt more quickly to the new situation and the rhythm of your work.

5. Set goals for your children

Do you have school-aged children who have homework? Decide each day what exercises they need to do and when they need to be prepared. Once you have your own business done, you can take the time to exercise with your kids. This way, your child will also learn to organize his day on his own.

You can also entrust older children with household chores. Ask them to wash your car, pull weeds, empty the dishwasher, or tidy up their rooms, for example. They will take care of themselves in a beneficial way and you will have more time for your work.

6. Run errands all week long and get ready to cook

It’s best to do your shopping all week once. To save time, you can cook in advance on the weekends, giving you more time on weekdays for your family or work. Perhaps your older children can help you peel potatoes or do other things in the kitchen.

7. Take advantage of your afternoon nap

Do you have young children who still snooze? Take the opportunity to make good progress in your work while they sleep. You will be less stressed when you work less focused while playing.

8. Choose the best time for video meetings

If you are in daily contact with your colleagues by video conference, make sure to schedule these meetings at a quiet time so that you are not interrupted too much. Do this for example in the early morning, when the children are still asleep, or while they are watching TV or playing on the tablet. And if your kids keep showing up on your screen, don’t worry! Your colleagues will find it good to see a snapshot of your private life.

9. Alternate with your partner

If you both work remotely, divide the time you spend with your children. While one takes care of the children, the other can focus on his work. Children will not feel neglected and parents can focus on their work for a few hours a day.

10. Make sure you have a good work-life balance

Finally, it is essential to maintain a balance between work and private life. Your work is done for the day, shut down your computer and enjoy the evening. For example, plan something fun, like a board game night.

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