If you’re currently working from home and your 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 moment in time will become easier than you thought.
How to Use the Space in Your Home
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 family room and master bedroom to a second floor with extra bedrooms and a game room, depending on your floorplan.
- If you enjoy having everything you need right at your feet, add a desk and chair to a corner of your bedroom, and designate your family room as a 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, use your second floor as an office/classroom. Your game room doubles perfectly as a fun and exciting classroom, while a quiet guest bedroom provides the perfect private space to call your own.
WFH and Virtual Learning Tips
It’s not always easy to embrace a new routine, but finding a way to slow down and have a laugh makes all the difference. Keep in mind is that you’re not alone, and we’re all finding ways to make this experience as smooth and fun as possible.
- Now more than ever, sticking to a set routine will 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, but getting dressed as you normally would also 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 prepared makes 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, treat yourself. (Yes, this is the most important thing.) You’ve had to rearrange your routine on short notice, and you should know that you’re doing an incredible job. Give yourself breaks to listen to music or a podcast, take a walk outside, enjoy lunch, exercise, or whatever you need to do to unwind. No matter what, you deserve to feel great throughout the day.
From our family to yours, we believe in you and are rooting you on! For more information about our new homes in Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston, please contact us at 866-409-1949 (DFW) or 866-419-1949 (Houston).