The coronavirus pandemic has swept the entirety of the United States. Currently, there have been almost five million cases of coronavirus in America, and over 161,000 deaths. In order to slow the spread of the virus, almost every state in the country has closed their schools, and many people are working from home where possible.
As a result, many parents have found themselves pulling ‘double duty’: working from home and homeschooling their children. This might be a challenge for even the most organized of parents. If you are struggling to work from home and home school your children, here are some tips and tricks to help:
Set a Schedule
This is one of the most important ways to be able to both work from home and home school your children. It will also help if you try to keep your schedule as similar to your regular schedules. For example, try to ensure that your children are studying similar hours to what they would be studying at school.
When you are homeschooling, try to work your own schedule around your kid’s learning. You could set them up with an hour task, and then spend an hour working on your own job. If you need to work in a separate room from your children, make sure you take regular breaks to check your children if they are understanding their homework.
Although it is important that you try to maintain a fairly regular and similar schedule to what you are used to, don’t be afraid to be flexible if things do not quite go to plan. If you can, change your own schedule to work around your children’s needs, or ask your boss if you can work less on certain days to maximize the time you are spending with your kids. These are strange and difficult times for everyone, so don’t be worried if things do not quite go to plan. Take regular breaks if your children are struggling to concentrate. If you have a spouse, make sure you are both taking turns to do your job/home school.
Take Care of Yourself
We are living in unpredictable and, frankly, scary times. With so much going on around the world as well as the increased stress of working from home and teaching your children, you may be starting to feel completely overwhelmed. Therefore, no matter how much work you/your children have, your mental well-being must be at the top of the list. Ensure you take care of yourself: exercise regularly, eat well and make sure you take time to switch off and relax. It can be difficult to face so much pressure daily, so make sure you do everything you can to reduce any other issues that are causing you stress. For example, if you are worried about your bills, make sure you check them in case you are paying too much money, or cancel any outgoing payments for things you are no longer using (like the gym). If you have found that your electricity bill has gone up during the pandemic, it may be worth checking a comparison website like Scana energy to make sure you are paying the right price for your energy. This will put less pressure on your budget, and therefore less pressure on you.
Divide up Household Responsibilities
It should not be one of the spouse’s responsibility to do all the housework on top of working from home and homeschooling. Make sure you spread chores out evenly, and encourage your children to help out. This will not only ease your workload, but will teach your children important life skills such as cooking and cleaning.
There are no two ways about it: homeschooling and working from home is a difficult task. No matter how hard you try, your kids are going to interrupt your work and require extra attention. It is important that you try to stay calm throughout, as getting angry will only upset you and your children.