Just like YOU, I really didn’t know where to start, but as days went by, I could see where we heading. Trust me, you need not hold it together everytime. This is a learning curve for all of us. We will never ever get this time again with our loved ones. Sitting around the dining table for an afternoon meal during the week is sheer bliss.
I still am NOT acing it. I have had my share of tears, glasses of gin and rants on the video call with my friends. But, here are a few things that helped me and I thought it would be lovely to put it out there in the open.
Having a structure to your day can make you feel in control. It is you who is leading the way. You are in control of how the day is supposed to progress and NOT the other way around.
Partner in crime
If you are in a two-parent household then it is very important to talk to your partner and divide the responsibilities of the children.
We have it so use it to our advantage. DO NOT feel guilty about it. There are lots of educational websites like https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize which the kids can explore and learn from.
Remember that you are NOT alone. We are all in this together. There is no point in worrying about things that are not in our control. Go out for a family walk, bake or just sit and enjoy some quality time with your family.
If you could organise your work around your family’s needs and child care opportunities it would definitely work in your favour. Save less critical tasks for times when distraction is likely, and reserve more high-stakes assignments for when you are distraction-free.
You must try and put your own well-being high on the list of priorities. Working at home with children requires a lot of patience. Exercising, eating right, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep will help you cope.