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Transitioning Your Work Schedule as Kids Head Back to School

The start of the school year is quickly approaching for kids all over the country, and with the start of the school year comes a dramatic change in many family’s schedules. Transitioning from “summer mode” to “school mode” can be difficult, and it may take some time to adjust especially during these uncertain times. If you aren’t sure how you’re going to manage splitting your time between helping your child with their schooling and your work, don’t panic! We have some tips to help make the transition as smooth as possible, while making sure that you stay sane in the process:

Write Down Your Family’s Schedule on a Calendar

It can be stressful to try and remember every little detail and event that your family has scheduled for the week, which is why you should write down your family’s schedule. Take a calendar and hang it on the wall, and whenever an event or activity comes up, write it down on the calendar. This way, everyone in your house will know what’s planned for the week. Two important things to write down on your calendar is your planned work schedule for the week as well as some time that you’re going to set aside to help your child with their schoolwork.

Prepare to be Flexible

Let’s face it, this new normal we are all going through is complicated, especially when it comes to work and school. Parents have had to transition from working in the office to working from home, while many kids have had to transition from physically going to school to now partaking in virtual learning. With that said, one thing that you should be prepared to do this upcoming school year is to be flexible. There are going to be times when your kids need help with their schooling during the day, and you may have to step away from your work every once in a while to help them – that’s totally okay! Instead of becoming stressed out, remember that many families are going through the same thing as your family right now, and that eventually, we’ll all adjust to this new way of life. 

Set Aside Time For Some Family Fun

Though we all know that work can be taxing at times, people tend to forget that school can be taxing for children as well. It’s hard for your child to make the transition from summer to focusing on their schooling. Furthermore, it can be tough for parents (especially in these uncertain times) to balance their home life and work life. To avoid having your whole family endure burnout, be sure to set aside time each week for some family fun. Plan out an activity that you all can enjoy together such as going to the park or having a picnic. Doing this at least once a week will allow your family time to destress and to forget all about work and school for a little while. 

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