Do you wonder how to explain working at home to your child? Many parents choose to work from home because it gives them more time with their kids. However, the kids often do not understand that their parent actually has to work. Instead, they interrupt conference calls for juice boxes or yell to you about the potty while you Skype with a client. If this is happening to you, or you think it will, it is time to have a discussion with the kids.
With older children, you should be able to explain what you are doing and why it is important to leave you to it. With tweens and teens, this should be particularly easy, and you might even be able to enlist their help wrangling the younger ones.
For early elementary school children, you can talk about responsibilities and how we can take care of them faster when we aren’t interrupted. You can even frame this in the context of their chores and how they can finish faster and then get back to other things when they are allowed to focus.
When it comes to younger children, you will likely need to use signals instead. Consider using a do-not-disturb sign or light that is meant to signal to your child that this is a time to be quiet and allow you to work. It will take a few tries to get this set, but eventually, it will work.
If your child is still struggling, act out the scenarios. You can even let your child be the mommy or daddy so they can better understand what you will be doing. Children learn through play, and this situation is no exception.
Do you have other ideas for helping children understand boundaries while working from home? Share them in the comments.