Working Remotely With Kids
April 2, 2020
Owlet’s Chief Marketing Officer shares tips on being successful at home
“Managing kids while working at home is really hard,” Kady Srinivasan says on a conference call while watching her 7-year-old son demonstrate yoga exercises for his online PE class. “I’m a full-time mom, a full-time professional, a full-time teacher, a full-time cook and a full-time cleaner. By the end of the day, I’m exhausted!” I think all of us can attest to this same sentiment, which is why she is sharing her tips for working at home with kids.
- Establish a strict routine
When kids are in school, they have an hourly schedule, so create one at home. We start the day by doing homework. Then we schedule in time for play and other activities. When we all know what the schedule is, we are much more successful because the expectations are already set. There are some great daily schedule guides you can Google to help establish a routine no matter your kids’ age.
- Take breaks with kids
We all need a break from work, so why not take one with your kids? My husband and I make sure to make lunchtime family time. We make it a goal to get outside at least once a day. We’ll take a walk or go to the park and have lunch. We also do little 15-minute games throughout the day to break up the monotony.
- Have empathy
If you’re managing a team, it’s critical to have empathy for your team members who may be in the same situation. We all have unique challenges right now so providing them additional support when they’re trying to balance it all can really go a long way. Be sure to set boundaries and never require them to correspond outside of agreed upon work hours.
- Keep your chin up
If you’re like me, you’ve already beaten yourself up several times over the past few weeks for not completing all the projects you set out to do. But I would advise you to stop, take a breath and realize you can’t do it all right now. Whenever you’re feeling out of control, remember this mantra and do the best you can that day.
- Be realistic
Just because you are at home it doesn’t mean that you have to be working all day. At one point I had a 90 minute Bay Area commute, and cutting that commute means I could spend the time meditating, watching TV or talking to my family. We are all feeling pressured to sit in one place and crank through stuff, so be kind to yourself and remember that realistically we don’t have extra time. We just need to know how to use the time we have to work smarter and get better at prioritizing family, our health and work.
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