Covid-19 has been rising across the nation, leaving most schools to decide to reopen virtually this fall while workers continue to work remotely. It may be difficult for working parents to strike a balance juggling the demands of parenting while meeting requirements at work. Managing projects and sticking to deadlines is hard enough, let alone try doing it while also tending to children who are schooling from home.

Setting boundaries is essential to be successful when schools reopen virtually.

Create a schedule to plan your days ahead of time. Write out when to start your workday, and when you can take breaks to help your child(ren) with their schooling. It will require some planning, self-discipline, and practical time management skills. The key to making back-to-school and working remote successful is to develop a support system and to set reasonable expectations with your boss, your child(ren), and educators at school. If you can, try to get a relative who is available to come over and help when needed. Putting a sign on your office door that says, “When this door is closed, Mommy/Daddy is working” is an excellent way of teaching and setting boundaries. If possible, try to schedule meetings around your child’s class breaks. Be sure to set aside time to prepare lunch and enjoy a break with your child. You need to socialize during the day and make sure your child feels important.

Sacrifices are necessary, but in the end, you will have fond memories of your family’s extra time.

Sacrifices will be made regarding how you spend your free time, but think of the time you save by not driving to work or dropping your child off. Use that extra time wisely. You also need to make sure you take care of your own needs, like getting enough rest, socialization, and spending time with other adults. This will make sure you are on the top of your game when you are needed the most.

The road ahead of you may seem daunting, but this time can also be rewarding. Despite the unfortunate nature of the circumstances, if you manage this time successfully, you will have fond memories of your family’s extra time.