5 Tips for Working from Home with Kids
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1. Create a productive environment
2. Embrace technology
Like most Millennial parents I purposefully limit my Gen Alpha colleagues’ screen time; BUT, if used correctly, mobile devices and the applications they support will help prepare Gen Alpha for their future careers. Ask yourself, if our organizations hadn’t embraced technology, how would we all be working from home during this pandemic? Generation Alpha is not afraid of technology (or touching buttons to learn what those buttons do).
Consider having them listen to a podcast while you take a meeting as opposed to a Netflix show. And although not always appropriate, if I’m busy working you will often hear me say “Go ask Google” (or Siri, or Alexa if they are in your preferred assistant). I know from experience that interacting with Artificial Intelligence and voice assistants comes naturally for Gen Alpha at a very young age!
3. Set up a (bell) schedule
4. Build in recess
5. Set realistic performance expectations
During a Global crisis, there is no professional advantage to pretending things are normal. Likewise, we’re not all going to become elementary school teachers overnight. Homeschool experts don’t rely on printable worksheets, nor should you. Alphas learn by doing and experiencing! How many of you have tried the recent pepper experiment to show the importance of good hygiene?
Even though these are trying times, we know this challenge won’t last forever. The key is to develop a solid routine that works for everyone.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all the hard-working medical professionals, emergency responders, janitors, telecommunications workers, drivers, postal and grocery workers. To them, and to everyone else who continues to work onsite day and night to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, thank you!
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