Set at-home office hours

“Working from home can be a way to get more time with the family but you have to make sure you structure the day to ensure the work is done also. I work from home two days a week. For that to succeed, though, I have to structure my time. For example, I like to take the children to school in the morning but then I work between say 8.30 and 10.30 a.m. During that time I am not available for just free-flowing interaction with the children. I arrange conference calls for that time and answer emails, etc. After 10.30 I go with my youngest to Panda Time (a kind of kindy gym) for about one and a half hours and then between about 1.00 and 3.00 I work again, when again I am not available to the kids. After 3 p.m. I pick up the children from school and hang out with them. I then go back to my study to do more work.” – Daniel Petre, entrepreneur and philanthropist

  • If you are able to work from home boundaries are important. It’s ok to set ‘office hours’ in your home
  • Schedule what part of your day will be for work and what part will be for family
  • Create some kind of signal to let everyone know when it is work time and when it is family time.


Helping dad around the house

Invite and encourage your kids to help you around the house.

Dads and Kids funspiration

When school’s out – enjoy spending time with your kids, rather than endeavouring to ‘entertain’ them.

If you need to stay home but want to have quality fun time – ask them what they want to do and give some of your own ideas too – choose together and make a whole day of it.

Deciding is half the fun; but here are some ideas to get you started...