Guide for Working Moms: Home-Based Work, Your Child, and You
By Jenny Miller We’re all doing our best during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of us have the opportunity to work from home — but that means we’re also faced with the challenge of childcare while trying to eke out a 40-hour workweek. Working parents have been hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus, according to a study published by the Pew Research Center in October 2020. It has been difficult for parents to find time for homeschooling, child care, work — you name it! No doubt, we could all use a breather. No matter your situation, working from home while trying to wrangle your kids is a challenge. Here are some tips for surviving — and thriving — while working from home with kids underfoot. Use naps to your advantage. The old technique where new moms should nap when their baby naps doesn’t apply anymore. If your child is very young and you are working from home right now, you need to take the opportunity of quiet time and use it to accomplish work. Naps are critical for your child’s development, but they also offer that important time for you to get things done. Ask for help. You should never be afraid to ask for help, especially during these times. Investing in a good babysitter, asking a family member to watch the kids, or trading off with a partner are all effective ways of giving you some self-care time — not to mention quiet time to take phone calls or work on important projects. Here’s a hint: If you are looking for a babysitter, start with local mom groups and leverage that network to vet your options. It’s important to trust the person you’re leaving your baby with. Be comfortable. Who says being a working mom, taking care of children, and doing the other 10,000 things you have to do every day has to be uncomfortable? Maintaining sanity is not overrated, and it’s important to stay cozy even when you’re feeling rushed. Investing in proper activewear is ideal and can help provide you with the right kind of support and self-confidence. A proper sports bra, for example, gives you the support you need when you’re running around trying to keep up with the kids. Organic cotton for sensitive skin, support for breastfeeding moms, and durability are all features you should look for in a good bra. Athletic leggings and compression socks are also good items to invest in for both functionality and comfort, especially when you’re chasing kids around the backyard. Get outdoors. You know that comfortable bra you just bought? Take it for a spin outside with your kids. Take small breaks during the day and get some activity in. Even if it’s only for a few moments, it can help both you and your children through some of the boredom or monotony of staying home all the time. Outdoor play is critical for your children’s development because it builds muscle, increases imagination, and improves social skills. You need this activity, too. Whether you develop a home-based workout routine or run around the neighborhood with the kids, achieving some good calorie burn is optimal for everyone. You’re doing amazing! Don’t worry — we’re all in this together. No matter whether you’re raising your first kid or your fourth, working from home while looking after them is a challenge. Be sure to spend some time with just yourself. Give yourself a chance to recalibrate so you have enough energy to tackle the activities of a busy day. For more Arundel-based news and events, and to stay connected with members of your community, visit the Arundel Journal!