1. The Hourly Schedule
Are you attempting to work from home while playing teacher to your quarantined kiddos? Many moms and dads are in your shoes, and it's no easy feat to juggle work, school, and parenting responsibilities all under one roof.
If you are on this particular struggle bus, we suggest implementing an hourly schedule. Begin with the time you want to wake up (could be different from your kid's wake up time) and plan out your day, hour by hour, until bedtime. This can help you mirror your regular 9-5, while taking into account the needs of your children.
Here's a good example you can use as a jumping off point. Remember, there's no right way to do this - so adjust your schedule as needed!
2. The Task Schedule
Maybe planning your day out in so much detail is stressful. If you find that trying to keep up with a time-determined routine is stressing you out - then toss that schedule and try a new strategy.
The Task Schedule is a goal-oriented method to structuring your days at home. First, determine what you and your kids need to accomplish in a day: Online school work, reading for 30 minutes, exercise for an hour, zoom meeting with your co-workers, bath time, etc.
Once you've determined your daily goals, display them prominently in your household. Each day, make a plan to achieve those goals. This type of schedule may be best for older kids or college students home for the duration of the virus. But, a Task Schedule can also work for littles who are ready to have more responsibility! Who says we can't use this time to develop new skills?
3. The Block Schedule
Similar to the Task Schedule, a Block Schedule is goal-oriented. It's a happy medium between the first two types of structures. Block off your day into 3 or 4-hour periods and place them into categories. You may have Work Time, Fun Time, Learning Time, and Exercise Time.
This is a good way to accomplish tasks as a family. During Work Time, maybe you all congregate in your PJs in the living room and do your work and school tasks together. Or, during Learning Time, choose a new activity, recipe or art project to accomplish as a group. This type of schedule is great for larger families that have kids of all ages.
What's Your Quarantine Home Life Look Like?
The best way to cope with this new normal is to learn from each other! Do you have a unique way of structuring your days at home? Follow us on Facebook and let us know what your Quarantine Schedule looks like!
Created with images by Allen Taylor - "Sunday Morning Pillow Fight" • Jessica Lewis - "untitled image" • Annie Spratt - "untitled image" • Picsea - "Story Time with Daddy"