Across the world many parents are trying to navigate COVID-19 as businesses and schools close their doors in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
When I began working from home a year ago my then 1 ½ year old daughter would often ask me, 'Can you play with me now, Mama?' 'Not yet' I would explain, 'I have to do some work' which would leave me feeling really guilty; however, the alternative made me feel stressed and under pressure having not achieved enough for work! Let’s just say working from home took some practice.
Within a day of our CEO Vincent Natoli announcing the Stone Ridge Technology office would shut, the SRT team was organized in their home offices and ready to take on the ‘new normal’ working from home arrangement to do their part in containing the coronavirus. Almost all of us have children (currently at home ALL the time!) so naturally one of our first team discussions on our Slack account turned to how productivity can be maintained in a full house.
Across the world many parents are trying to navigate this same scenario as businesses and schools close their doors in response to the spread of the coronavirus. We are all in this together (separately!) so I thought I would share my top three activities to keep young children entertained before you have to join your next conference call or meet a deadline. All you need is…creative and imaginary play! Stimulating your child’s imagination doesn't require much more than you already have at home:
Then, when you take breaks, be with your children. Eat together during mealtimes (little C and I often also have a tea party in the afternoon). Have your child get involved in the preparation of each meal, setting the table, mixing, pouring, counting the ingredients and so on. This is a wonderful activity to do together and will create a routine where they know, at that point in the day, they get to be with you!
I am not claiming any of this is easy — it took time for my daughter and I to find our groove. This is a challenging period for everyone, little people especially, but being stuck under one roof can also be an opportunity to enjoy more time together as a family. I hope you find these ideas helpful.
Emily Fox is Stone Ridge Technology's Director of Communication.
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