What is your daily routine at home

Corona help - home office with children

This post is a very personal article on the subject of home office with children - and we hope that it will perhaps give you a few ideas for relaxed processes.

Content of the article:

Freelancers and employees with children also work in teams. So we have a lot of experience when it comes to working from home with children.

We would like to share these experiences with you.

What challenges do we face when working from home with children?

The Corona pandemic and the associated work in the home office puts freelancers, freelancers and employees in front of a big challenge.

On the one hand, you might have with financial loss to fight and need appropriate emergency aid from the state.

On the other hand, you suddenly have your partner and your children at home all day and want to work productively at the same time.

Since all schools and daycare centers are closed due to the pandemic, we have to Homework from home to be done. The children and teenagers have homeschooling (home schooling) and need your assistance.

Kindergarten and crèche children may not yet understand why they are home, but still no time to play to have.

So that everyday life goes well and that Home office a productive one and is a beautiful place, we have summarized a few points for you that will help you Make life easier should.

1.) Talk to each other

It is particularly important in times of crisis that you talk to each other. Here are conversations with the Children and (if available) also the Partners important.

If another adult lives in your household, discuss with one another:

  • How the home office times will run.
  • Who is available as the primary contact person and when for the children.
  • Who generally takes on which tasks in the household.

It's best to talk to your children after you as adults a certain framework have staked:

  • Explain what it means to be in the home office.
  • Discuss clear processes and rules, for example:
    • When mom / dad have the headphones on, they must not be spoken to, tapped or otherwise interrupted.
    • When a telephone call or video conference is in progress, there must be no disturbance.
    • Questions and concerns can be discussed at fixed times.

In the current situation, it is also important that the offspring understand why the school due to the corona pandemic fails and everyone move closer together.

With enlightened children and young people, everyday working from home becomes a little easier. So watch age-appropriate and neutral news with your children and then discuss the content of the news.

Quality Message formats are for example:

2.) Define daily routines

Daily routines create clear structures. These structures help your children to cope better with the home office and homeschooling situation.

You yourself have through one well planned daily routine Reliable times in which you can concentrate on your work.

Depending on the age of the children, you can be with them common plans set up to structure the days in the home office.

Three examples of daily routines in the home office with children

In the team we have parents with children of all ages. Are independent of each other 3 different daily routines originated.

We would like to show you these daily routines as examples in the next paragraphs. We hope you enjoy a few Ideas for your own Daily plans to hand.

Example 1 - Daily routine with two small children

In this example, one parent already has experience working from home. The other parent doesn't. Both are employed with different numbers of hours.

The projektwerk employee Nina writes the following about the current situation:

  • Two small children who cannot go to daycare, a man who is currently not allowed to go to school as a teacher and I who tries to work in the home office 24 hours a week.
  • Because of my husband's “compulsory break”, childcare is basically quite easy to arrange - at least in theory, the children are of course less interested.
  • So I'm trying to get down to the computer early in the morning and take the opportunity when everyone is still sleepy and start the day.
  • But (at the latest) after the first breakfast I get help with my work, i.e. the buttons are briefly hit and pictures are selected with.
  • After that, I “only” have to refuse invitations to play at certain intervals or step in for a moment if the man has to take care of the task for his students.
  • And then work is over at noon, so that we then split up the afternoon or organize something together (reading, playing games, making caves, (indoor) football and tennis - let's see how long the pictures and lamps can survive - , Listening to audio books, cranking up the music and playing disco, etc.). We then just try to make ourselves beautiful and enjoy the time we have gained together.
  • And when it's quiet again in the evening, I open the computer and then take another look at what has accumulated in Slack or in the emails in the afternoon, so that I can react again if necessary - or even for him the next day have an overview and can plan something.

Example 2 - Daily routine with a primary school child

In this example, too, one parent already has experience working from home. Our projektwerk employee Maike writes the following about the daily routine:

  • We sleep in a bit - until 8 a.m. ...
  • After breakfast: homeschooling and home office at the same time. The child sits at the dining table and does the math. I am glad that the school sent material - unfortunately too little. So I am challenged more and try to find suitable and exciting learning material online or to come up with puzzles and arithmetic problems myself. Everything can be read - be it Asterix and Obelix or Donald Duck ... Puzzle games are also allowed.
  • There are breaks between the “school hours” - it is important for the youngsters to maintain the structure of a school day.
  • And during the Skype meetings there is “Sendung mit der Maus” - fortunately now every day! My personal screen tips:
    • The Antolin reading quiz is also highly recommended
    • There are also good learning A for elementary school students - Conni Mathe, for example, is very popular
    • And I personally think that in such situations we shouldn't drive ourselves crazy if we exceed the recommended screen time ...
  • In the afternoons, fun with children is the order of the day to compensate for the lack of social contacts and opportunities for exercise. School sports, soccer training, the playground and appointments are canceled, you have to get creative ... That also means soccer in the hallway.

Example 3 - Daily routine as a freelancer with 3 teenagers / children aged 8, 14 and 16 years

Both the parents and the kids from this example already have a lot of experience with home office. Both parents are full-time freelancers and work on various customer projects.

So far, people have always worked when the children have been to school. During the holidays, the working hours were set in the morning and sometimes also in the evening hours.

Now that the schools are closed, a fixed weekly schedule has been created for the children. You can see this in the following figure:

This daily plan has worked very well from day 1. All those involved work very disciplined in the learning phases.

Once the actual school assignments have been completed, we have even more up our sleeves:

The youngest member of the family has been given additional handicraft and experimentation projects that they can do independently.

In addition, it was agreed that questions about the subject matter would be asked during the breaks. In this way, the parents can always work through 45 minutes at a time.

The main care of the children lies with the mother, as she has fewer phone calls and video conferences.

Based on this model, the parents also have a firmly structured weekly schedule:

3.) Create a pleasant working atmosphere

If you have a environment create in which everyone feel good, could you also work productively.

  • Clearly demarcate the working environment from the living environment.
  • Prepare everything before the study and working hours. This includes, for example:
    • Provision of beverages
    • Serving snacks and snacks
    • Tidy workplaces
    • Preparing handicraft and coloring materials for the younger children
    • Prepare all work utensils

The ideal state is and is different in every family depending on the living situation. But regardless of whether a room is shared or everyone has their own work area, there is one appropriate atmosphere really important.

Example of creating a good working atmosphere

In this example, our freelancer and her three children have their regular workstation in the family's large living room and common room.

The room has a desk, a crafting table, and a really large dining table.

In the times of the Corona crisis everyone moved a little closer together.

  • The handicraft table has been converted into the work table of the youngest.
  • The teenagers' two computers are now on the large dining table.
  • The desk still belongs to the freelancer. Only for phone calls and video conferences will they move to another room.
  • Everyone has headphones for listening to music or watching educational videos

Every morning glasses, cups, water, thermos flasks with tea as well as nuts and fruit are provided.

When the learning phases are over in the afternoon, you can gamble on the computers and the dining table is used for family meals and to do handicrafts and games together.

4.) Work with optical and acoustic signals

Optical and acoustic signals help the children who Work situation better too accept.

We have had good experiences with the following signal heads:

  • Set alarm clocks to ring in work and break times
  • Visual indications indicate when you want to work undisturbed and when you can be spoken to. Depending on the work situation and age of the children, for example:
    • A red card and a green card clearly visible on the desk or on the door of the room.
    • Safety vest on the chair or put on.
    • A backward running timer.
    • An open or closed work door.
  • Use music to ring in the evening.

5.) Be reliable

The more reliability You build up, the better your children will become Get used to the home office situation.

When your child knows you are starting a specific time and can pester you with questions, it will be much easier for him to be a little calmer in the time between and not to bother you.

The smaller the children, the more difficult the rules

The smaller and therefore less independent the children are, the smaller are the time windows that the children can hold out without you. What is important, in our experience, is that you are absolutely adhere to the agreements. This applies to everyone involved.

  • If your child comes around the corner with a concern, briefly indicate when you will be available again.
  • Conversely, you have to be really responsive when the time comes. There should be no: "... I just want to finish something for a moment".

6.) Reward yourself

You and your children do a lot in home office and homeschooling. In addition, due to the limited contact options in the Corona crisis, you are much more together than usual.

By joint activities create many beautiful moments in this very unusual time:

  • Call out game nights
  • Tinker together
  • Make soap bubbles
  • Watch movies together
  • Talk to each other
  • Get to know yourself better
  • Make video conferences with grandparents, godparents and other trusted people and friends.

The The prospect of such reward and activity times In our experience, help children to better accept working and study times.

In this way get the best out of it even in times of crisis. And who knows, maybe the whole situation will bind the family together even more.

Home office guide from t3n

If you more general tips for working from home we recommend the home office guide from t3n.

The guide covers the following topics:

  • Relocation to the home office - workplace equipment
  • Important tools
  • Workflow
  • Communication in the team
  • Meeting situations
  • Movement in the home office

The guide is absolute free. You do not have to enter any e-mail addresses or other contact details for downloading.

Here you can download the t3n Home Office Guide.

Our conclusion on home office with children

Working from home with children is one thing organizational challenge. The younger or less self-employed the offspring, the more difficult the situation is initially.

However, we have had the experience that one good organization and one regular routine can work really well.

But even if what is written here may sound very harmonious and beautiful, we still have it, of course Corners and edgesthat ensure that things don't always run smoothly.