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Working from Home with Young Children

23 Mar 2020 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

This has some useful tips in Poytner.org

https://www.poynter.org/business-work/2020/how-to-work-from-home-with-kids-around/

Babies

  • Wear that baby.
  • Schedule calls in the evenings if it works for you and your sources.
  • Experiment with writing in the early morning before the baby wakes up.
  • Work in a platform you can access from different devices.
  • Find tools, like dictation apps, that let you work and parent at the same time.
  • Use those nap times.
  • Be honest.
  • Enjoy that baby.

Toddlers

  • Loosen up screentime.
  • Be flexible.
  • Experiment with working in the early mornings and evenings.
  • Tag team, if possible.
  • Plan meetings and work that needs full attention during naps.
  • Take turns if there’s another adult in the house.
  • Enjoy that toddler. No really.


Early school-aged

  • Coordinate playdates with friends/neighbors. (Editor’s note: This article was written before “social distancing” was recommended. Please follow the advice of your local officials and limit contact with others.)
  • Loosen up on screentime. You won’t ruin them.
  • Start a movie just before an important call.
  • Look for online games that reinforce learning and are fun.
  • Tag team, if possible.
  • Tell them what you need. They might not listen. But they are capable at this age.
  • Enjoy that little kid.


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