14 Strategies for Working from Home Around Children Without Endless Screen Time

Mar 18, 2020 by

3.16.20 – The Federalist

“14 Strategies for Working from Home Around Children Without Endless Screen Time”

By Joy Pullman


[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  If there ever were a Pulitzer for a wife and a busy mom with five children who works from home, Joy Pullman should receive that award!  Normally I go through a lengthy article and pull out excerpts because the busy public will normally not read a long article. However, Joy’s article must be read in its entirety because of the expert advice found in each word.  The difficulties of COVID-19 are forcing families to adjust to staying close to home, and this article is an absolute treasure chest of “free advice” that Joy and her family practice on a regular basis. Her suggestions are clever, creative, doable, practical, and clearly explained.  They obviously can work and do work because Joy and her family live them each day.  Good can come out of something bad. I call this “God turning lemons into lemonade.”  By following Joy’s practical suggestions, family members can come out of this COVID-19 ordeal stronger than when they went in.]

So far, approximately 26 million of the nation’s 58 million K-12 school children are affected by school closures stemming from worries over the Wuhan virus, according to Education Week. Working parents, who are the vast majority of U.S. parents, are thus left to cover both childcare and work for somewhere between two and four weeks. Since coronavirus most significantly affects the elderly, having grandparents or an aunt or uncle fill in is probably not the safest choice.

So what is a working parent to do? I’ve worked from home surrounded by children for the past decade. Yes, we have arranged our family life to have daddy or a babysitter with our kids during most of my routine work hours, or for me to work while the kids sleep, because focused work is much better than distracted work.

But I’ve had my share of babysitter cancellations, quarantines due to family sickness, my husband unexpectedly needing to put in extra hours, going on the radio while the toddlers are awake, and work butting into what is supposed to be family time because of breaking news or a sick colleague. This is just life with kids. We’re also a low-screen family because we don’t like what screens do to our brains and relationships. My kids average 1-2 hours on screens per week.

So here are my top tips for managing work and kids without just handing them the Kindle or iPad for the next month.

PLEASE READ THE REST OF THIS EXTREMELY HELPFUL ARTICLE HERE:  https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/16/14-strategies-for-working-from-home-around-children-without-endless-screen-time/

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