Lockdown tips for working parents

Calling all working parents trying to balance work and homeschool!…..

So we’re back here again.  Yes, we’re in lockdown, the schools are closed, and parents up-and-down the country are wondering how on earth they are going to manage it all….

It will be challenging.  There will be some good days and some bad days.  Here’s some little tips to keep in mind:

Don’t panic.  Breathe in, and breathe out.  It’ll all be ok.

Plan a routine.  Try to schedule time for all the things you need/want to do (and don’t forget to include lots of breaks!).  Set aside time for homeschooling, work, eating, talking to people, exercise, watching TV, staring into space….

And don’t forget time to sleep!  Sleep is more important now than ever before.

Look at your schedule.  Be realistic.  Allow time for flexibility (as things will always change at the last minute!).  If you can’t fit everything into your day, something needs to give.  Consider these options:

  • If your child needs a lot of support at home but you have other commitments, tell the school about your situation.  They may be able to provide support – you definitely won’t be the only parent in this situation so don’t be afraid to ask.
  • Consider whether you can reduce or change your work hours during this time.  You may be able to take annual leave, parental leave, or unpaid leave.  Your employer may also be able to put you on furlough while the schools are closed.  Talk to your employer to find out.

Don’t compare yourself to other people.  Avoid looking at social media of other parents who seem to be on top of it all and doing more than is needed (they’re probably not).  You’re doing your best and that’s all you need to do.

Remember we’re in a pandemic.  Be kind to yourself.  Forgive yourself.  Have fun when you can.  Step back and put things in perspective.  Your kids will be fine.  Your job will be fine.  You will be fine.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, talk to someone.  A friend, a family member, a colleague, a therapist.  Talking always helps.

And breathe……