Tips for Managing Work and School
As we begin another school year, many parents are already feeling the stress of managing their own work and their children’s schooling demands. Parent guilt is at an all-time high. Speak by Design has been facilitating parent brainstorm sessions about what is needed to get through the unusual fall school arrangements.
Many schools are e-learning only.
Others are doing a hybrid approach.
And, the lucky few are starting out in-person with a looming risk that could change on a dime.
All of these come with juggling a new routine. There are more and more video
meetings on top of your own and varying days and times for those doing both in-person
and virtual learning. You may also be planning around drop-off and pick-up times. Does reading this give you a little PTSD from last spring?
Here are a few tips to help you and your family be successful at work and school this fall:
1. Take vacation days at the start of the school year
Every company we work with has said they are concerned that their people haven't taken their vacation in 2020. Companies are encouraging employees to take the time they have earned and the time they need. Start the school year strong by blocking off time to help settle into home routines.
Anxiety is already high because of the e-learning demands on us as parents. Stress will only increase if you do not feel like you have a handle on things from the beginning. Plan to take vacation days early. Help your children get organized and onboard to a new school year with confidence.
2. Block time to help your children have a strong start and close to the day
Lead the way! Help your children learn skills needed to tackle each day. Review the family calendar. Have everyone make their own list. Make sure each child knows when they need to be on a video call and what schoolwork needs to be completed. This time can also be used to share expectations – when you are free to help, when you need uninterrupted time, and when your workday will end.
We are seeing parents being explicit with their teams. "I told my team that I am shifting my hours to 11am-7pm to help my kids. They were very understanding, and I feel so much better."