How you share a home office with your child
The corona pandemic is a special situation. Hygiene plans are in place in primary schools, but protection is never perfect. Especially when your child is sick, it gets really complicated.
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If you are raising children of primary school age, then you have quite a responsibility. There are three tests that are very important for Corona suspicion:
If your child has all three symptoms, you should call your family doctor. He or she will tell you if a corona test is necessary. During this time, your child will stay at home.
But if your child actually only has a cold - and maybe still coughs a little - you can send him/her to school.
First of all, you have to realize
Conclusion: Explain to your employer that you have more organizational work today. For the time being, there is no more than home office. For example, you have to talk to the teachers at the school again so that your child can do his or her homework. You may have to see your family doctor. Sure, that's not ideal, but neither are the sample plans and hygiene measures.
It's perfectly OK if the child watches TV or plays on the computer a little longer on a day like this. If you have an important meeting in your home office at the moment, that's absolutely fine for the time being.
If you live in a partnership, then use the situation to discuss together. Maybe you take over the supervision whenever the other one is in a meeting?
Finally: Take the time to explain to your child what's on the agenda for today. At elementary school age, he or she will surely understand that you have to work and he or she will be able to do schoolwork or be occupied alone. In this way, your child knows that today is a special situation and that everything is a little different.