“Are you workin’ hard or hardly workin?”
Right now that question can be answered so many ways, especially if you’re trying to work at home with kids.
This is my house at the exact moment I’m writing this:
5yo, yelling: “MAAAHM, HOW DO YOU SPELL ‘GREEN’?”
3yo: ROARING like a dinosaur while trying to start a pillow fight with me and my laptop.
Me: “G-R-E-E-N.” “BEAR! Please do not pick up another pillow. I have like three more minutes of work to do and then we can play.”
The 3yo then grabbed a pair of kids scissors and ran – RAN – into his sister’s room with them. (I nearly threw my laptop to go after him.) So….things are going great. Everything is fine. Really. No one is screaming about not being able to have Paw Patrol fruit snacks, everyone is getting along, and certainly no one needs a nap.
That’s the reality of working at home through all of this, right?
The hard work that’s happening can sometimes (often?) feel like we are hardly getting anything done on either front: work or parenting.
Have you seen the video of the meteorologist’s kids crashing his at-home forecast segment?
While he was giving the forecast, his daughters popped on screen. When he thought he’d convinced them to “watch daddy work,” they came back to give him hugs.
It is such a delightful highlight for what parents all over the place are trying to do: work, parent, and just get the heck through it one day – or live segment – at a time.
It may be one of the best work-from-home “mishaps” to happen.