Each of them is “working from home.” I put that in quotes, because as I have said many times, we are not working from home in the traditional sense. We are attempting to perform our jobs in our homes, with limited resources, and under very different circumstances. We are trying to do our job to the best of our abilities, because we understand and are grateful for the fact that we do still have our jobs, and there is uncertainty wrapped around the stability of our jobs right now.
For the moms that do not have their jobs at the moment, there is a whole different level of stressors now. Trying to understand if and when we can go back to work, trying to secure unemployment, trying to make ends meet in a very uncertain economy, trying to get food on the table and pay our bills. And doing all of this while having our children home with us and figuring out how to "home school" them.
Each of the moms I spoke with has children at home. Children who are trying to adjust to a new normal, understand what is happening in the world around them, do schoolwork that their teachers are assigning them with the limited resources they have at home, and trying to understand that they can not play with their friends.
Each of the moms expressed their frustration with trying to do their best at their jobs, being a mom, being a teacher, and taking care of their home. The common theme is there are just not enough hours in the day, and we end up feeling guilty for not doing each of our jobs to our best, because we are just spread too thin as far as our energy and our time.
CNBC released a great article with 9 tips for working at home while your kids are underfoot. These are some great tips. Take which ones work for you, and leave the rest. Each of us will have to find what works best for our children, our families, and our lives.
Check it out here!
The one common theme that all moms have told me they need is activities their kids can do on their own, independently. We have compiled a list of ideas for you that we hope you find helpful.
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