How To Thrive with Work-From-Home Parents
WFH is the New Normal!
With the Stay-at-Home-Order currently underway and many corporate offices opting for extended WFH policies, many nannies have found themselves not only juggling bored kiddos, but the dynamic of work from home parents. While some nannies and families have figured out the delicate balance, a lot of caregivers and families are struggling to define the “new normal.” Here’s some quick tips to help make your time together beneficial for everyone, and dare I say it? Fun!
Keep Open Lines of Communication:
Open with all adults in the home. Have a weekly or monthly check-in with all parents/caregivers present when kids are asleep/in school and everyone can focus on the conversation distraction free. If there isn’t time during the day, suggest a Skype or Zoom call for the evening when the kids are asleep. Use this time to go over any concerns or questions that have popped up and make sure that the family knows you’re coming from a place of love and acceptance. The conversation should be focused on coming up with solutions as a team that benefit everyone- particularly the kids.
Who’s Directing Traffic?
Making sure that everyone is on the same page with this question will help alleviate tension and confusion with not only the adults, but kids as well. For some families, parents can be more hands-on and are happy to take the reins. If parents have to work and are unable to step-in during the day, autonomy should be given to the nanny, and this should be consistent to avoid confusion. A helpful suggestion when presenting this idea to parents is the phrase “What did Nanny say?” and then reinforce their answer. Use your weekly check-ins away from the kids to discuss alternatives or redirection, as doing it in the moment will further confuse children and leave all grownups and kiddos frustrated. This should include grandparents, other relatives or family friends- everyone should know who is in charge during what time.
Have Off-Limits Spaces
Clearly designated and enforced areas will help if parents need uninterrupted work time. This could mean a closed office door means no entry, but open office door means welcome! Some nannies have found putting a big red “stop” or big green “go” sign on the office or bedroom door helps kids focus on boundaries.
Keep in Mind
Keep in mind this is hard for everyone, but if you can work together as a team and build a solid foundation of trust and understanding, having extra grownups in the house can be helpful and downright fun! Make sure to approach each conversation in a professional, positive way- parents are struggling to figure out what works in the home just as much as you are. You’ve got this!
*Diane and Mandie have both had wonderful and positive experiences with WFH employers. Feel free to email us for more questions on the work from home dynamic.
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