Most of the “how to work from home” blog posts I read last week missed one important element – how do you do it when your kids are stuck home with you as well?!

I posted this question on LinkedIn last week hoping that other parents facing this new reality for the new couple/few weeks would have some ideas (proven or otherwise).  And boy did you guys deliver!

With more than 300 comments and counting, I highly recommend working parents check out the thread directly.  Some of my favorite highlights and suggestions:

  • Start your day together with 30-45 minutes of uninterrupted time – no phones or distractions.  Fill their tank with “parent time”, especially for the younger kids.
  • Don’t schedule back-to-back meetings.  Give yourself at least 10-15 minutes to emerge from your office or work space, connect with your kids and family.  Connections like this through the day have been beneficial for all parties.
  • Involve them in your work!  Teach them business skills, how to write an email, build a spreadsheet, let them shadow you as you work from home.
  • Set a schedule a routine, for both of you.  Routines are key for kids at school (my teacher wife swears by them).
  • Hire high schoolers to come nanny for you, at least part of the day.  They’re out of school too!
  • Don’t forget recess!  Get outside, plan some activities, make sure movement is a key and ongoing part of their day.
  • Get teaching templates online:  There are some great resources being published in real-time by TeachMama, Scholastic and others.
  • Take advantage of online learning tools. Dreambox Learning, typically sold directly to school districts, is now available for parents on a free 90-day trial.

And really, these are just the tip of the iceberg.  Working parents, please check out the full thread here and add your ideas as well.