June 29th, 2021 | MEMBERS
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
A Moment To Remember (A Korean movie from 2004 that makes me cry from the beginning to the end)
A funfetti birthday Vanilla Spongecake by my favourite bakery in Jakarta
Now, over to Marissa.
“I am sitting in the home office and trying to work but every 5 minutes someone comes in. May it be the husband bursting in wondering where the extension cables are or my son asking what’s for dinner. I feel like as a mom we always have to be available. Just because I am home doesn’t mean I am not working!”
I have spoken to many parents about their feelings on working from home and surprisingly, many prefer to be back in an office. Having a dedicated space and some literal space from your personal life ended up being more efficient then working from home. But why is that so?
At home, you are always available. Separated by a single door to your family, all the chores and errands you need to run. The pressure of finishing your work to-do lists collides with home schooling, organizing playdates and what’s for dinner. It might seem like the ceiling is about to drop on your head.
Besides, you take that important call during family time and end up replying emails long after the children are in bed. You have become always available.
When parents are suddenly working from home, their own work-life boundaries become blurry and within weeks some parents may feel more anxious, stressed and overwhelmed with the tasks at hand.
Creating a healthy and organized work-life balance will help you manage your days, stay focused on your work tasks and allow you to be more present with your family. Here are some easy simple ideas to get you started:
It has become much more acceptable today to have your child run into your zoom call. If you can find that balance, working from home can have a huge benefit for children as they get to spend more time with the family. Find that 30 minutes break throughout the day to read that favorite story to your child. And if you need some time away from home to fully focus on work, that is absolutely fine!
Trehaus, for example, provides a conducive space where you can do focused work AND have your child close by in the creche or at Trehaus School at the same time. After all, it takes a village to raise a child.
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