If you’re currently working from homeandyour kids are taking virtual classes, you might know what it’s like to find homework in your stack of work papers, mute your Zoom window during “recess,” and have your kitchen turn into a cafeteria during lunchtime. (Yes, it’s okay to laugh a little bit while reading this…)
It’s safe to say that this time of the year looks totally different. But your day-to-day routine with your kids doesn’t have to be stressful or difficult. With a few tips and tricks for balancing WFH and virtual school, as well as how to use your flexible space to your advantage, this temporary routine shift will become easier than you thought.
We know that your needs can change quickly. That’s why it’s important to have flexible space that can adapt to your routine, from a large great room and master bedroom to extra bedrooms and a basement.
If you enjoy having everything you need right at your feet, add a comfortable desk, chair, and lamp to acorner of your bedroom, anddesignate your family roomas a virtual classroom. This way, you’ll have enough space between you and your kids during the day (but not so much that you can’t watch over them).
If you like to keep your work life (and their school life) separate from the main rooms of the home, yourbasementdoubles perfectly as a fun, virtual classroom, while a quietguest bedroomprovides the perfect, private office space to call your own.
Now more than ever,sticking to a set routinewill positively impact everyone’s day. Make this fun for your kids by incorporating a chalkboard or whiteboard into their classroom with their schedule written out. This will create a sense of normalcy in their mind and encourage them to stay on track.
You’ve probably heard it many times, butgetting dressed as you normally wouldalso helps to create a sense of normalcy. Of course, comfort is key (no dress shoes necessary!) but getting out of pajamas or sweats in the morning helps everyone get into the right mindset for the day.
Being preparedmakes everything easier, especially now. If your kids will need something specific for a virtual class, game, or project, try to have everything ready the night before, so you don’t run into any surprises. You already know what you need for work, so make sure to also check in with your kids.
Finally, and most importantly,find time to yourself.You’ve had to rearrange your routine on short notice, so make sure to give yourself breaks to listen to music or a podcast, take a walk outside, enjoy a long lunch, exercise, or whatever you need to do to unwind. No matter what, you deserve to feel great throughout the day.
Things may change, but you can always count on one of our brand new homes to meet your needs, no matter what life throws at you. With plenty of flexible space, you can truly embrace and enjoy any routine without a worry! For more information about building a custom Brown Haven home, please contact us at 706-514-4447.