The Government has finally directed the Corporates to allow their employees to Work From Home. Thanks to the Internet and the booming technology, that people can now Work without having to physically go to their workplace. But the reality is entirely different when Moms work from home and Dads work from home.
When Dads work from home, they get their own confined room and are not to be disturbed even for the biggest crisis. It is usually the duty of the moms to keep the house as quiet as possible. Whereas, the moment children see their moms at home, they remember every minute task, including something that does not need 2 hours of your attention.
It is the society in which we grew up and they are some habits that we have developed over the time. So moms before i give you the tips here are a few things that you need to remember. The reason being the earlier you accept these situations, the easier it would be for us to find out a solution to the same.
- You are going to be disturbed every now and then.
- Your maids may or may not be on leave, but in reality expect minimum help.
- Your schedule will go for toss.
- You will be expected to be a masterchef because ….
- You will have to run the errands outside the house,
- Expected to keep the house spick and span because even though the children have their vacations, you are at home and it is a privilege that you are allowed to work from home.
The above are just a few prejudices that you would be facing.
Now let me tell you about a few things, that you can do absolutely without feeling guilty.
It is absolutely ok to have a cluttered house;
Make the most of this time and teach your children little house hold chores. Like, everyday in the morning and afternoon, I make my son, who is 5 years old to wash his shoes or school bag and then to check every now and then if it has dried.
Make the menus that are easy to cook and take less time. It is a crisis and not a vacation. Children need tasty and nutritious food but that does not mean you have to spend hours in the Kitchen. Even a pulao made with different ingredients every day is a delicacy.
It is absolutely fine to ask for help without feeling guilty. May it be your elder family members or your children.
Every night before you go to bed, plan one activity with your child that you would do with them. It can be a simple activity like reading out a story together. Do this activity post your breakfast and before you begin your work. Children need your time and attention. Once you do this small activity with them, they feel that you are still around them and then given them small task or games to play.
Explain your children about the present pandemic. My son is 5, he is yet to understand the seriousness on why we cannot go downstairs to play during evenings. So I just told him that there is big Monster called Corona Virus, which takes away your toys and eats children when it is hungry. So I also use the Corona Excuse to make him write daily.
Give children limited screentime. Make them earn their screen time by completing your chores together.
My son thinks that our Officies are also like his school and if we do not complete our homework our Teacher will also shout at us, like his Teacher and will not give us play time. So he understands what an office is and how to behave in an office. So it is also important for his Amma and Achan to complete their Homework.
Keep small snacks in the vicinity of the child, let them pick up their own snacks and eat. You do not have to run behind them. Let them feel hungry and they will eat any dam thing kept in front of them.
If possible in the mornings, spend some 10 minutes doing exercise with your children, it will help both of you physically and mentally.
Patience is the main key for the survival during this tough time, accept your challenges and multi task. You will definately succeed.
Remember you are a human being, not a super woman or a Robot to fulfill everyone’s demands. You are perfect with your flaws. You do not have to fit into the stencil created by the society for a perfect woman.
I have been a solopreneur, who works from home. It is tough initially, but the moment you accept your challenges, it will be easy to work towards the solution. If you have any problems or any queries, then please do not hesitate to contact me through my Social Media Handles, or just drop in your comments below.
If you are a small business, who is suffering due to this Pandemic, then please do get in touch with me. Let us brainstorm and see how I can help you grow.
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