Round Up: How to Work From Home When the Kids Are Off School

I’ve been working from home while homeschooling my kids for three years, and in that time I’ve developed a few home-management and parenting skills that help me get both work and school tasks done effectively.

Since the novel CoronaVirus (COVID-19) has shutdown schools and forced many parents to work from home, I’ve written a few articles with tips on how to homeschool and work at the same time. I’m linking to my articles below, as well as several others that I believe might help other parents as we deal with this public health crisis.

CoronaVirus Quarantine: How to Work From Home While Homeschooling

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Coronavirus and the Workforce: Working From Home With No Childcare

I wrote this article for Zenefits, a provider of innovative HR and payroll software and services for small and mid-size businesses. I hope to reach both parents who are now working with no child care, and employers whose staff is in this situation. Read.

10 tips for working from home with your kids there, from a freelancer who’s been homeschooling her kids for 3 years

I wrote this article for Business Insider. In it, I share 10 tips for working from home with kids. A few of my work-from-home tips include: communicate your expectations to your kids, schedule office hours, and get your big kids to help out with the littles. Read.

A few of my work-from-home tips include: communicate your expectations to your kids, schedule office hours, and get your big kids to help out with the littles.

4 Professionals Share How to Effectively Work From Home

I wrote this article for the Zenefits.com blog, Workest. In it, I share insights from 4 work-from-home pros (including myself!). Read.

Got kids? Try these 11 quick tips for working from home while they’re with you

This article, published on Fast Company, also includes a lot of good suggestions for keeping your career going while simultaneously caring for children. It includes some great advice on setting boundaries and rewarding good behavior. Read.

Coronavirus: 5 ways to work from home with your kids (and stay sane)

My favorite advice in this article, which is published on the World Economic Forum, is to let go of perfectionism. The entire world is dealing with an unprecedented public health crisis, and some things just aren’t that important anymore. If you’ve been holding yourself and your family to very high standards, now might be the time to re-evaluate what really matters. Let your kids watch a little more screen time. Let your house get a little messy. There’s no need to be perfect. Read.

Now Is the Perfect Time to Lower the Parenting Bar

Thecut.com wins the Headline Olympics with this article. Here’s my favorite quote: “I felt completely unmoored from routine and blinked into the sun as if I had forgotten what it was for. We learn over time to feel like we must be in front of a screen grinding and grinding and grinding in order to do our jobs well. But that is bullshit.” Read.

We learn over time to feel like we must be in front of a screen grinding and grinding and grinding in order to do our jobs well. But that is bullshit.

Tips for Working From Home With a Toddler

If your kids are too little for the above tips to work, you might find this Very Well Family article useful. It has a lot of helpful advice, including the sad reality that you are going to have to get up really early in the morning. Read.

What are your work-from-home tips? What are you doing to survive the CoronaVirus shutdowns?

What are your work-from-home tips? What are you doing to survive the CoronaVirus shutdowns? Let me know in the comments. I love hearing from you!

Published by Nicole Roder

Writer Nicole Roder lives in Bowie, Maryland with her husband, Matt, their children, Emma, Sophia, Raymond, and Gianni. And Lucy–their fiercely terrifying, 20-pound Boston Terrier who protects their home from some ubiquitous danger only she can see. When she’s not busy composing her next great work of fiction, she’s wiping bottoms, dancing in her kitchen, singing in her minivan, building lego castles, wrapping feather boas around her neck, and driving all over God’s creation. AKA–mothering her children.

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