We’ve collated our top 8 tips from parents around the world to help you prepare yourself and your fellow working parents.
1. Enlist a support team
Whether it’s a partner, a close friend or relative who is also a parent in the same boat, or even a paid professional you trust (and can afford) to bring into your home, now is the time more than ever to reach out for help. With many working parents in the same boat and casual employees currently out of work there’s a village out there. Reach out.
2. Write a roster
If you’re unable to fully cover the regular working day and need to balance out your hours outside of 9am to 5pm, formulate a roster with your support team. The aim of a roster is to enable solid blocks of productivity (someone watching the kids, while you can focus and work uninterrupted). This ensures the kids are always properly supervised as well as allowing you to schedule important calls or meetings when you have some quiet time.
3. Communicate with your team
Share your roster with your team so they know when you’re working and when you might not be online and manage your boundaries. Encourage empathy amongst the broader team. While most working parents would understand how challenging this can be, not everyone in your workplace will completely understand. Lead from the front and show support for flexibility in your workplace.
4. Sort out your supplies
In addition to a roster, having a solid supply of pre-made meals, snacks at the ready, activities and arts and crafts supplies will make the days run smoother. Parents around the world are compiling great tips for indoor activities, check out: