Work/Life Balance: Children’s Edition

At the start of the pandemic, the majority of parents found themselves navigating through uncharted waters. With schools, sports, camps, etc., closed for the foreseeable future, many parents found themselves much more involved in their children's day to day care.  Never had their work life balance been more tested then when those two collided so violently in the middle of March 2020. Now as we finish up March 2021 many have found their groove in a lockdown world.

In this edition of the Solutions Studio, we wanted to acknowledge the fact that it has never been harder in modern times to be a parent and to reflect on some of the positives that have come out of this situation.

Well, no better place to start our inquires than with Aaron Weiss, who has children who are dealing with the pandemic like many of the kids across the country, and while it has been difficult, he says there can be some silver linings.

AW: Raising kids during the pandemic has been such a unique experience.

My wife and I are fortunate to have the option to work from home, which enables us to coordinate as parents. More than ever, we’re aware of each other’s professional commitments, and we partner closely to make sure our daughters are covered. Since most days resemble Groundhog Day, we’ve developed some pretty solid routines that keep us all moving in the same direction.

Although my kids are in school most days, an unexpected benefit of the arrangement is that they get to see us working when they’re home. In that sense, every day is “bring your daughter to work day,” and I hope it gives them an appreciation for what we do professionally.

My daughters are mature enough to resist being disruptive when I’m working, but if I had to identify a challenge, it’s not letting their iPads do too much babysitting. With the arrival of spring, they’re spending more time outside again, and I have the joy of seeing them roller skate by from time to time on the other side of my Zoom screen.

 

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