Wrapping up who knows what week of quarantine, working from home, and *trying* your best at homeschooling puts a lot on your plate. Times are tough, and with school closures being extended another month, we understand how you are feeling! The Functional Medicine Coaching Academy has been a fully remote company since Day 1, so we know a thing or two about working from home.
How can you be productive working from home with your kiddos?
1. Talk To Your Organization About Your Values
These unprecedented times provide an opportunity to strengthen and express our values as individuals and as families. Engage in an honest conversation with your organization about the shifting childcare demands you are facing. By talking in terms of values, rather than how the organization needs to accommodate you, you can grow as a leader. In the same way, invite your children to help identify your important family values and provide them the opportunity to get involved and do their part.
2. Get On The Same Page
We are all making decisions incredibly quickly in order to adjust to this temporary reality. Take time to think about what you want and need from your family. Given that you’ve never been in this situation before, it’s possible that you might not know what that is just yet- and that is okay. Keep an open line of communication with your family.
3. Let It Go
If you are like many of the parents, you probably hold yourself to high standards of performance at work and in the home. Consider this an opportunity to practice the art of letting go. Maybe homeschooling is burning you out. Maybe your house is a mess behind you on camera during a video call. Take this opportunity to re-evaluate what really matters and to let go of over-performing in less important areas.
Social distancing does not require us to fully abandon our sense of community and support. Find ways to maintain and strengthen our community bonds such as virtual kid playdates, connect with your friends over a virtual workout class (get your kids involved,) call your elderly neighbors to check up on how they are doing, or if they need something when you make your grocery run.
5. Try Something New
Explore shifting when, where, and how you work – even within the confines of your own home. Invite your kids to create solutions for keeping themselves occupied when they are not doing homeschooling.
The goal is not only trying new things but giving yourself grace when your day does not go as you expected. Let go of the idea of finding the “right” solution for managing things in this crisis, and open to letting things go with the flow.
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