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Be Up Front With Your Boss

A few weeks before all this coronavirus news came to a head, my family ran into a childcare situation, and I had to let my manager know that there might be some days in which I'd have to drop off or pick up a kid unexpectedly until the dust settled. (Oh, what simpler times!) I work for a very progressive company that offers flex hours as it is, and even I was still anxious to have this conversation. But there was no getting around it. That's truer now more than ever. So, even if your kids' schools haven't closed yet, let your supervisor know what your ideal plan would be for when it does happen.

Get creative in your conversation. If you have a baby at home, perhaps set up "office hours" that work with their naptimes. If your kids are too high-maintenance in the mornings, consider a shifted schedule that has you signing on at noon. None of it is ideal, but maybe there's a way that will make getting the job done a bit less dire.

6 Tips to Help You Survive Working From Home With Your Partner and Kids

When all of the talk about "social distancing" first began, I joked to my coworkers that I was doing that before it was cool. I work a full-time job from my bedroom. I've been lucky to have the flexibility to work from home for the past five years, and considering I have two kids and a nanny coexisting in my "office space" most hours of the day, I've already learned how to survive in a situation that is quickly becoming a mandate for many working parents around the nation.

As the coronavirus continues to spread, many people who are used to commuting to an office while their kids spend the day in daycare or at school are about to face uncharted territory . . . in their own homes.

As the coronavirus spreads, parents who are used to commuting to an office while their kids go to school are about to face uncharted territory.

I shudder to count the amount of workdays I've been in a similar situation (minus the global pandemic, of course). My preschooler's school district was on a 14-day teacher's union strike earlier this year, and of course there were the unexpected days when our nanny called out sick and my husband and I would have to tag-team childcare because one of us couldn't get out of an important meeting while the other simply had too much on their plate at work.

So, as businesses cease operations and schools shut down, I'd like to share the strategies I've used to get through the day without losing it on my partner or my kids. Well, at least not completely losing it.


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