Happy New Year Members!
With so many of us working from home, it’s never been more important to take care of yourself and your children. Our Credit Control Officer, Emma, has been working several months from home and has kindly offered to share her story, to share comfort to those in her position…
I am a single mum with two Primary School aged children, so as you can imagine I spend most of my time tidying up, washing up, washing clothes, making meals and catering to my children’s every need!
I have been working as part of the CroydonPlus team since 2018 and when my youngest child started school, I felt that my family was able to really form a good routine and I was able to show my children a good work ethic.
Then, the Coronavirus Pandemic closed the school and the plan felt like it was falling apart!
Fortunately, CroydonPlus were able to facilitate me working from home due to the lack of childcare, which was a great help. However, as for many parents, I quickly found that on top of my normal responsibilities at home, I now had to adapt to a totally new routine and it was daunting to say the least! I was now having to get used to a new way of working on remote software and looking after my children at the same time. And then there was ‘Home-school’ – so I became a teacher too!
I managed to get through it by taking it one day at a time and following a few golden rules! Eventually, we made it through to the summer and into the new school year. I was relieved for the children to be getting back to their routine, in the classroom learning with their friends. I was also glad to be in a position where I could give my job my full attention.
Now that we find ourselves in the same position, I feel more confident than I did before. ‘We’ve done it before. We can do it again!’ Although obviously, it is still a very tough position to be in!
I have reminded myself of the tips I learnt last time for juggling EVERYTHING and I wanted to share them with you in case any of them may be of use to you.
- Wake up at the usual time you would for ‘normal’ school/work days.
- Try and get washed and dressed before the children wake up. This will help you to have a moment of peace and quiet to mentally prepare for the day ahead – and drink a coffee whilst it is hot!
- Write up the children’s schedule on a reward type chart and stick it where they are working so it is visible. It will help you all to remember what needs to be done and when.
- Over breakfast, explain to the children what the plan for the day is. Remind them that you need to work alongside everything else and set realistic expectations.
- Set a Meal Plan for the day, so that you don’t panic about what to make for lunch whilst you are in the middle of things. Maybe even make it early and pop it in the fridge, so that it is ready to go!
- Get a snack basket ready for each child with a drink at the start of the day. Explain to them that this needs to last them the whole day and should reduce the constant requests for snacks!
- Prepare a dinner early by using a Slow Cooker. This means that by the time you get to dinner time, dinner is ready!
- Have a box of easy to access (and not too messy) craft supplies ready!
- There are lots of useful tools online to help children fill some time. Some great places to start are:
- Learning Videos at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
- PE with Joe at The Body Coach TV – YouTube
- Lots of games and videos all about animals at natgeokids.com/uk
- Great ideas for kids cooking bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/kids-cooking
- This is the most important bit – don’t sweat the small stuff and remember that we are all in this together!