Flexibility is a tenet of homeschooling.
Has flexibility been relevant to your work situation lately? Has your public school been as flexible as you wish it would have been?
Never mind the pandemic for a moment. Rainy day? Work ahead and cut your time tomorrow or use it for a field trip.
Want your school year to start after Labor Day? Just start the following Tuesday.
Nice day? Hold lessons in the back yard or deck.
Work From Home (#WFH) is a seismic shift in employment flexibility, and a ripe opportunity to be there for your child. Of course, you must establish boundaries so every moment you are on the clock for your employer you’re truly doing your job.
When I managed an office of 50 consulting engineers and scientists, our staff knew that they were hired to do a job, not warm a seat. My rules were,
- Work whenever and wherever you want, as long as you are available to support your customers and co-workers when they need you.
- Don’t commit timecard fraud.
That’s it. All the other behavioral principles we needed to know we learned in kindergarten. Working from home, you’ll be modeling those foundational behaviors to your kids during their formative years and beyond.
Pandemic or not, the world’s pace is accelerating. Staying employable demands perpetual learning, and not for a standardized test, but to remain productive to keep earning that paycheck. When your kids really see you not only working but continually adapting and learning, how might that inspire their learning desire?
To Your Success!
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