Partly because of the coronavirus pandemic, teleworking is already a reality in many homes, For better and for worse. And is that like any new habit capable of completely transforming our daily life, beyond the positive aspects that it can bring us, it is also a challenge to which we must adapt.
Examples of possible sources of problems associated with telecommuting are, for example, increased exposure to possible distractions and the temptation to have an unstructured schedule. If we add to that the fact of having children to take care of, it is even more complicated to raise them. How to reconcile the two roles?
Tips for dealing with telecommuting and raising and educating children
In many cases, having children at home is a complex situation for those who are still adjusting to telecommuting. Therefore, here we will go over several useful tips for telecommuting with children at home while providing them with a proper education.
1. Define the hours
As in the case of face-to-face work, scheduling is an essential element for the proper functioning of the work activity and also for maintaining a physical and mental organization at all times.
Habits such as getting up, going to bed or starting the working day all the time they will allow us to structure the day well and avoid the accumulation of tasks to be done, as well as to acquire a constant and energetic pace of work, After resting daily with the hours of sleep we need. But you should also try to have temporary references for the start and end of all the main activities of the day, between getting up and going to bed.
The establishment of work schedules and directives must be followed by all members of the household, including the little ones. In this way, children will learn that during the day there must be time to work but also to play, and at the same time there will be no incompatibilities and discrepancies between the schedules of the little ones and those of the adults who take care of them.
By integrating the importance of the organization of time and discipline into their daily lives, our children will acquire working habits in the future that are very useful for their academic and professional life.
2. Create your own workplace
In the same way that you need daily schedules, it is also necessary to demarcate the physical workspaces at home, places where we will spend several hours and are prepared and conditioned for it. In the end, we will have to create contexts that allow us to bring together all our capacity for concentration.
If you do not have your own office, you can activate one of the rooms in the house as an office, in which children will be told that they should not enter during working hours (except in emergencies or times when they are not feeling well).
This workplace must have all the elements that one would find in an office or a normal office: good lighting (if possible with natural light), order and accessibility in the work materials, absence of noise or annoying screens, etc.
As with the elderly, children should also have their own workspace where they can do their homework and homework with maximum comfort and also without distractions.
3. Clearly explain what telecommuting is and the house rules associated with it.
In order for children to be involved in this new situation, they need to understand correctly, and with a discourse according to their age, that it is a period of work in which silence and concentration are required.
In addition, it is necessary to try to understand that during this period it is necessary to adhere to a series of special standards applied at these times of the day. These rules must be few and simple enough, to allow them to always have them in mind and to be able to follow them spontaneously., Without having to become actively involved in their memory.
4. Schedule rest periods
It is advisable to offer entertainment alternatives when the child has finished his homework and takes breaks. During these periods of rest, you should be able to mentally “disconnect” from what you have been doing., To recharge your batteries and have a good capacity for concentration when it is your turn to resume studies or to follow the next class session.
Ideally, he should engage in an activity that causes him to fix his gaze on an object other than the screen on which he has been studying, both to clear his mind and to rest his eyes after being focused. . same distance.
It is also convenient to take advantage of the hours when children are sleeping or taking a nap to perform tasks that require greater concentration., And in this sense, the morning is the best option, because it allows you to prepare for the day without going to bed with the mind still very active (which usually gives problems falling asleep).
6. Distribute household chores
Another good way to educate children in telecommuting time is to encourage them to participate in household chores, And distribute as much as possible each of the obligations to all the members of the family, so that this exercise is not only in the hands of the parents.
This can be presented as a routine in which they have the opportunity to show off their transition into adolescence and adulthood, taking on roles as family members.
To carry out all the obligations of the house together is a good way for children to begin to acquire notions of responsibility and teamwork to achieve a common good.
7. Do activities with them
Spending time with children is essential to their education, and that is not satisfied just by spending more hours under one roof because of telecommuting.. This is why it is recommended to schedule breaks to meet them (if possible, in a different room from the one you spend at work or study) and to help them with whatever they need.
During the day, we can plan creative and fun activities that our children do on their own while we work, such as crafts, drawing, reading or painting, which can be done in different areas of the house as a ‘workshops.
There are many other activities that can be done with the children during the day or when we are done with our work day, such as exercising together, playing board games with the family, eating together or helping them to review the lessons so that they internalize what has been learned.
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