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Parents and Smart Working: tips for a peaceful coexistence
How much have the lives of parents changed in this particular year when many of us have found themselves working from home, whether they like it or not?

By FamilyWelcome

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For many families it is a completely new situation. Spending so much time with the children at home was unthinkable until recently. Working alongside them all day seemed like a superhero feat to say the least.

Yet today, in times of pandemic, smart working is now adopted by many companies as a preventive measure, and the best would be to find a way to learn how to live with it peacefully.

It is certainly not easy to find a balance between snacks, lunches, dinners, video lessons of children, housecleaning and video or business phone calls.

But it is also true that this family “new life”, can also be a great opportunity to put into practice the famous “Work Life Balance” we have been hearing so much about.

True fact, Smart Working is putting us to the test, but here are some tips to try to manage it as serenely as possible, even when kids are around.

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Keep calm, to transmit it

It may seem like a banality, or even a utopia, but in reality, we, adults, are the mirror that reflects children’s emotions.

If “forced” coexistence is focused on tranquillity, even the little ones at home will live it as such, precisely because we have transmitted it to them.

A few less expectations and a good deal of extra patience, with the prospect of living in serenity, is a small effort that to us parents is certainly worth doing in this situation.



Avoid the pajama syndrome

This rule applies to everyone, big or small. In “home cohabitation” due to Smart Working, a good rule should be to dress almost as if you were to meet someone.

The risk of working in pajamas is to make it a difficult habit to shake off, increasing, among other things, the feeling of social isolation.

It is very important instead to take a shower, comb and slip on a comfortable suit, to clearly separate the work from the rest.

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Setting daily goals

As difficult as it is when you have very young children, a very useful practice to avoid wasting a lot of time in front of the computer is to set reasonable targets at the beginning of the day. By telling ourselves that once that task is over, we will take a break, perhaps in the middle of the morning.



Those special moments all for them

It is not easy for children to accept that mom or dad are in the house but they can’t devote themselves to them all the time. You can try to explain that in fact at this time the office is closed, but the work for the parents still exists and has moved home, so they have some “homework” to finish before they can relax with the family. But it’s not always understood. It is not easy especially for the very little ones.

However, an effective strategy can be to establish the so-called “special moments” of the day.

Moments when mom or dad are all for them, without looking at their cell phone or any other distraction, otherwise they won’t be “special” anymore.

Awareness of the “beautiful moment” coming, can help children to “learn to do it on their own“, with the knowledge that once the work of their parents is finished, they will spend some special moments together.



Share homework and responsibilities at home

Very useful to empower and keep children occupied is to make a list of daily chores at home. The ideal is to adapt each activity to everyone’s age and capacity with a calendar so that each family member feels considered, regardless of their age.

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The choice of times

When possible, the ideal is to be able to fix schedules, working when children take a nap, when someone else can take care of them or, in extremis, even after dinner.

However, the risk of Smart Working is that you often find yourself working in your own time, precisely because you have not tried to respect it, knowing that you are at home and have more time. It is important to be flexible, but the ideal would be not to make it a habit, while optimizing one’s own time, also to increase productivity.


Separate the rooms

Compatibly with the space and size of the house, it is essential to dedicate a space for working, with a good chair and adequate lighting. It will certainly be of great help to give the feeling that the working day is over when you move to another room, alone or with the rest of the family.



Appreciate the time spent with the family because it is a real gift

Finally, a pinch of optimism will never stop helping us.

Until a few years ago, we would have dreamed of being able to have all this time to spend with the family. We have always run, each of us, with so few moments to unhurriedly confront our children. To get to know them better. To share.

After all these months spent so differently, we will perhaps also learn to take everything a little more lightly. Hopefully.

Appreciating the little things in life, which today, more and more, have acquired enormous value.

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