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Tips For Parents Working At Home With Small Children during COVID-19

Tips For Parents Working At Home With Small Children during COVID-19 - Playgarden NYC

The “new normal” of working from home during the COVID-19 quarantine has been challenging for everyone — but possibly no one more than those with small children. With many preschools and daycare centers closed, trying to balance your working life with the needs of a preschooler can be extremely difficult!

Signing your child up for preschool online will give them something to do on their own for a few hours, but it won’t keep them fully occupied. So, we have some parenting tips for achieving a better work/life balance:

Six Ways To Better Work from Home While Caring For A Preschooler

1 – Negotiate your working hours with your employer

If you have a preschooler, working the traditional 8-5 schedule while at home may be difficult to accomplish. Our first parenting tip is to talk to your bosses; establish your official workload and see if you can negotiate alternate working times, such as working in the evenings after putting your child to bed. Find the time that you absolutely need to be available, have your child do preschool online in those times so you can focus on work and keep your work schedule flexible during the rest of the day. Get your child used to doing preschool every day at the same time, and soon they will know it and may even ask for their school time!

2 – Prioritize work based on your child’s schedule

Our second parenting tip falls under the “routine” category: don’t try to do your most important work when your child is at their most active. Save the big stuff for nap time, scheduled preschool online time, or other times when you are not likely to be disturbed.

3 – Find distractions

Even if you’re typically strict about watching TV, using electronic devices (screen time), and other distractions, you may want to relax those rules. Keeping your child occupied while you work will require a little compromise, and compromise is an important parenting tip to keep in mind throughout your little one’s growth and development.

4 – Include your child in daily chores

They can’t help you with your office work, but a small child isn’t going to know the difference between that and regular chores. Give them opportunities to help you, such as carrying laundry or washing vegetables before dinner, so they feel included and helpful.

5 – Find time to spend together – particularly outdoors

Quarantine and staying at home every day is rough on little ones too, and they’re likely to get stir crazy. This parenting tip will help both you and your little one: find time in your schedule to do things with them, and if you can get out of the house — even just for a brief walk — it’ll do a lot to help prevent cabin fever.

6 – Establish a visual indicator of when you’re working

Our last parenting tip is for those of you with relatively mature children: a “do not disturb” style marker on your door can help you maintain some peace and quiet during important moments in your work day. Try tying a ribbon on the doorknob, for example, and then your little one will know to concentrate on their own preschool online day instead of distracting you!

If you’re looking for preschool online programs to enrich and entertain your child, Playgarden Prep is accepting new students! Click here to learn more.

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