A certified Life Coach, Mrs Busayo Adegoke, on Friday urged mothers to maintain a fixed routine in other to strike a balance between working from home and taking care of the children.
Adegoke told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan that children understand consistent patterns.
She said that in order to be productive, it was important for mothers to strike a balance as there were deadlines to be met and deliverables to get out of the way.
“These few insights on how best to achieve productivity while working from home with children are very helpful if utilised.
“In fact, that is how they learn; your routine should incorporate their daily tasks which include their to-dos and yours as well.
“If you keep at it consistently, they will even be the ones to remind you of what you missed out on your routine.
“Schedule breaks into your routine too, you still need to get air as you work remotely.
“Put together a designated work area, having put your routine together, it is best to set up a workspace in the house and when it is time to get work done, work from there.
“They will eventually understand that Mummy’s office is now in the house.
“ Don’t just yell, give them reasons,children are curious people, they will not stop asking why.
” “If they don’t know why you should not be distracted while you work from home, they will not stop distracting you.
“ Explain to them in ways that they understand. For instance, you could say, “Mum needs to work without disturbance for a few hours, If I don’t do that, my boss will get angry.”
“ If my boss is angry, he could tell me to stop working for him, if she says that, I will not have money to buy your favorite snacks and toys, kids don’t want anything to affect their snacks and toys.
“Merge their tasks time with your work time: Here is what I mean, the best time to keep them busy with their writing, drawing, painting and a bit of homework is when you need to do your work.
“That way you will have a bit of space to focus on your work. If you have a toddler and you do not have help or the toddler is clingy, this might be the time that you strap that toddler on the back while you do what you need to do,” she said.
The Life Coach added that setting some boundaries and sticking by them were important.
She said parents must start by explaining little details to their wards, adding that when boundaries had been established, it would be easier to give restricting orders.
Adegoke said working from home increases productivity as remote employees work 1.4 more days per month than their office-based counterparts, resulting in more than three additional weeks of work per year.
She added that 29 per cent of remote employees said they struggle with work-life balance and 31 per cent said they have needed to take a day off for their mental health.
“This has been worrisome for mothers working from home as they have to guide the younger children through their virtual learning while working remotely.
“I have three young girls that enjoy sneaking up on me and asking questions non-stop without asking for any permission, so I can totally relate with this challenge,” she said.