Episode 92

Help for the Newbie Work at Home Parents During the Pandemic Pandemonium


March 16th, 2020

1 hr 12 mins 11 secs

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About this Episode

After an introductory plea to take it easy on yourself and your family, and to focus on Love First, Fix Later, we answer the following listener questions:

  1. How do I prevent losing my motherhood mind while at home full time with my toddler?
  2. How do I keep my not-independent 6 year old busy all day while I work?
  3. What are some good non-candy rewards/motivators?
  4. What might an appropriate meal plan look like?
  5. How can I get some time for my own brain?
  6. Are there free online educational resources I can use? Yes! Here!
  7. How important is it to limit recreational screen time?
  8. What are some exercise ideas that won’t bore me to death?
  9. How do you balance/negotiate the needs of 2 working parents, especially when he refuses to stay home and help? And are there ways to achieve long blocks of focus or do you just always chunk out the day in bits?
  10. What are good resources for pre-k (4yr old) and 1st grade (6 year old)?

Show Notes

Laura's post on: How to occupy your kids during the pandemic (the academic version)

BusinessInsider post on: Here's how much work your brain can handle before needing a break

Reward items our kids love
Amazon affiliate links - thanks for helping us pay the bills!
Toy Advent Calendars
Japanese erasers
Mochi squishies

Laura's friend Graeme Seabrook does 1-1 coaching for moms and runs a support community called The Mom Center. Graeme’s coaching focus is to dismantle the cultural and systemic structures that keep co-parenting relationships from being equitable. If you need help navigating these negotiations with your partner, we highly suggest you check out her work. Her website is graemeseabrook.com.

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics - please support your local bookstore. This link is to ours, which is providing free shipping during the pandemic lockdown!

Stephen Colbert on breakfast for dinner.

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