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How do you handle keeping the kids at home and both parents WFH? Do you take turns? Specifically, do you explain to your teams that babies need tending to throughout the day?

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We’re working through this as a company right now. Most likely allowing shift work. My husband works for Accenture, I work for a boutique firm. We’re both home bound with a 10 month old. Our plan is to sit down and determine our important meetings for the day that are absolutes, can’t miss, need to talk. Then break up the day by working morning while one takes lead and then switching for the afternoon. The is obviously not normal times. Employers and teams need to realize that things are not business as normal.

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I’m struggling with how to handle this. My spouse is a night shift pediatric oncology nurse. I have a 2 and 5 year old. When he is home, he has to sleep at least some! But he is actually saving lives and I’m not, so I feel like he gets priority even though I have important things to do. Plus, he needs to stay healthy as to not be a danger around the immunocompromised kids.

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By doing your share at home you are saving lives too!!! Thank you to both of you!!!

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I’m having a much diff experience - my husband is a police officer so he HAS to work and I’m home with a 15 month old. Just have to communicate that I will have small periods of time I can actually be productive but most of the day I will be totally preoccupied with my child. Flexibility will be the name of the game the next few weeks.

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Yea our daycare is still open but I wanna do my part and just keep her home. Good luck potty training!!!! I’m not looking forward to that adventure haha

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My husband and I are both attorneys, our 10month old’s daycare is closed. We are trading every hour for working and taking care of baby. It is not entirely conducive to getting big tasks done, but allows us to respond timely to incoming emails. I have been letting people know my plan/situation as needed. We are in uncharted waters right now, most people will be understanding. It’s exhausting.

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Our daycare is still open for now but the plan we’ve talked about is trading off whole days and working in evenings after baby is in bed. This will signify reduce each of our outputs, but for us whole days feel like sufficient time to accomplish something. I have friends doing shifts - 1st parent 7-12, 2nd 12-5. Both work in evening. The reality is that we will not get as much work done as we would have before. Be open and honest with your team. Companies will have to adjust to the reality of the situation and adjust expectations. This is unprecedented. Give yourself grace and do your best. Also, would love to hear feedback about anything you figure out that works well.

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People will understand, and if they don't that's their problem not yours. As long as you are meeting your deadlines and getting your work done do what works best for you and your family. My husband and I are going with the flow, he normally works from home so he is use to being home with our 16 month old. I sometimes work from home, now it's more like full time. If he has a meeting I take over if I have a one he takes over and in between we help each other out, but there will be times that you are both busy and one of you has to multitask. I will leave you with this and hope that it brightens your day. I was on a call with another attorney the other day and had to stop mid sentence to tell my son that rocks are not for eating, we all had a laugh and the attorney and my son"spoke" for a bit, my son even said bye to the other attorney, wich is a new word for us now. Hang in there, and remember you are doing great!

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Man this is a whole other ball game. I enjoy working from home and enjoy being with my girls (11 month and 6 years old). But the combination along with technically homeschooling has me running for the bottle almost every night. My fiancé works 3 days outta the week midnight to noon he is helpful for the most part when he is up and here. On top of that I’m nursing too... these times are just a challenging. I barely had me time before now. What’s a me time ?

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People might think you’re not working properly if you tell them you have to tend to your babies throughout the day.

Exactly. If one gets backlash for being honest about this, corporate America has serious problems.

My husband and I work in public and we are just taking turns. I work a more reduced schedule than him so I will just be working as much as I can throughout the day and we will play it by ear

Over communicate - be honest about what you can / can’t do. Maybe you are watching kids from 8 - 10 so let your teams know you unavailable etc. But maybe you can be available at different times, earlier in morning / late at night. People should be understanding and if not you should report higher up because it’s unacceptable. We are all trying to navigate this very un conventional situation to be able to meet our family and work needs

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