We’ve all seen it. We have all seen how hard is can be to work from home with kids. Professor Robert Kelly’s adorably unknowing kids and fast-acting superwife interrupt a live interview with BBC News. For fellow working parents, Professor Kelly’s feelings are palpable. And his reaction? So relatable: Try to keep composure…take a deep breath, close your eyes, box out the kid, apologize a few times, and telepathically communicate with your significant other to swoop in to the rescue.
Working From Home With Kids was a challenge before the pandemic and one that many more of us are facing now. The US Department of Labor’s Current Population Survey estimates that during COVID-19, 26 million workers with kids under the age of 14 do not have an option for in-home childcare. Yet as the economy begins to reopen, schools, daycares, and summer camps remain closed or operating at limited capacity. That leaves working parents without resources and facing burnout.
There are also the internal struggles. In Professor Kelly’s response on CBS This Morning, he expresses what so many of us are processing:
- An honest fear that any hint at vulnerability would be damaging to a career.
- A desire for kids to feel comfortable and safe around your at-home workspace (or just comfortable with the idea of mom or dad in “work mode”).
This is all tough stuff, but we’re in it together, right? So the next time you have an important video call or just need some time to yourself, sign up the kids for Flexable’s new Virtual MiniCamps. Our Virtual Hosts will keep them busy and engaged so that you can have a minute to breathe and regroup, or do a live interview with the BBC. While we can’t swoop in to your home office and pull a dramatic rescue, we can be there online with fun, interactive activities, ready-to-go.
The pandemic has caused a seismic shift under that delicate puzzle called Life + Work Fit. Adjusting to the new norm means finding some new pieces and creating a beautiful new picture. At Flexable, we’re creating a nimble childcare network through popup childcare on-demand and Virtual MiniCamps.