Flexibility of working from home

“In the years before my wife joined the business, I was the available parent in the mornings and after school. This meant I drove them to school with their projects, took them to the shops if there was something important to buy, and collected them from school if they were sick. We had more time together than ever before and so got to speak about all sorts of issues. I also became a regular cook and did the shopping. I think it was important for the kids to see how my wife and I handled the new roles. I really enjoyed the cooking: the kids could see my cooking style was part inspiration and part experimentation (usually edible).” – Rex Finch, publisher

  • When you are working from home you can be more involved in the day to day aspects of your children’s lives
  • As you take on more of the household chores your children get to see their parents both participating in caring for the family. This helps to define their view on gender roles
  • You show your children that everyone works together to complete what needs to be done. There is nothing that is ‘her’ work or ‘his’ work. It is all ‘our’ work

Tips:

Get to know your children through better listening

Take an interest in what your children are interested in. Ask questions and respond to their answers to show that you are listening.

Tips:

Get to know their school

Your children spend a lot of time at school and are influenced by teachers and other staff, so get to know them.