4 tips to help you manage working from home as kids learn from home

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
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First things first, know that you're doing a great job! Here is more advice from a child psychologist on why you should go easy on yourself.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, more parents are working from home, and now some kids are learning from home too.

It's a situation that may be creating stress for families as they try to deal with the shift.

"Before the pandemic, when mom and dad were home, it meant mom and dad were available and it was family time. And this is a really challenging shift in the paradigm for kids to make - to think that now that mom and dad are home that they are now always available, and it's not always family time," said Dr. Emily Mudd with Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital.

Mudd is a child psychologist and has these tips for helping you balance working and learning from home.

  • Set clear boundaries so kids know when you are working or when they can do things such as ask for a snack or get help with an assignment.
  • Don't feel bad about your productivity level as a working parent, Mudd says. It can be hard to multi-task with new demands, so take a break when you're able.
  • When kids are learning remotely, Mudd says it's okay to let them sleep in. That way you'll have some time alone to work.
  • Finally, be patient with yourself

"Have some forgiveness for yourself, and be patient with yourself and your partner, and your children as these are unprecedented times. And just find those moments of happiness to be with your family among the chaos," Mudd said.

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