Written by Elaine Tan Comeau
As a mom of three, educator, entrepreneur, and creator of Easy Daysies, I am often asked how to successfully work from home as a mom, and also during this time, how to help our children learn from home.
Here is my two-pronged suggestions to help keep C.A.L.M. and thrive as entrepreneurs and as parents, to help our children and businesses rise up through these hard times.
C — Create a Daily Schedule and Stick With It
Studies show that visual schedules help alleviate anxiety and help kids to also be more cooperative and independent. Whether you make your own schedule for your kids, or use a product like Easy Daysies you are on the right track. This can work for you and your business as well; create a visual account of what you would like to get done in your day, and keep referring back so you can check things off your list. When we work on a daily schedule, we can set clear goals and accomplish them, which in turn gives you the feeling of accomplishment and success for the day.
A — Adjust and Amplify
For the mompreneur, this means adjusting your priorities and focus to areas where you can increase cashflow when other doors and markets are closed for now. Look to amplify online markets, tele-sales, tele-communications, and social-media presence. For our children, social connections are very important, as well as continued learning over this extended school closure. This means planning virtual playdates, learning online, creating an online book club, cooking classes at home, and lots of board games that engage in critical thinking, problem solving and math skills.
L — Lighten Your Expectations
Limit your goals and exceptions to three goals per morning and one solid hour on income generating tasks. This will allow you to focus on important tasks rather than urgent tasks and unnecessary busy-ness. For our children, lighten the expectations on their six hour school days to 2-3 hours of good learning at home. Studies show that only 2-3 hours of daily learning is needed to keep from learning loss over this time away from school.
M — Make Office Hours and School Hours
Allocating time makes it real and official. You have to work and you need time to do it – so make it happen! For our children, having a set time for school gives them security and predictability so they know in advance what they need to do and when it is supposed to happen. Structure is important for our children and our businesses to thrive in a time when many feel chaos.
Heading up our events and support for members in Vancouver and the West Coast of Canada, Elaine Tan Comeau is an enterprising mother of three young children, a wife, and a former elementary school teacher. She is the founder and CEO of the multiple award-winning Easy Daysies, a visual magnetic scheduler to help children and families with their daily routines. Elaine was named Canada’s 2014 Mompreneur® of the Year and has received the Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Business, as well as an Award in Teaching Excellence, while Easy Daysies was named one of Dragons’ Den favourite deals by Kevin O’Leary and was chosen by Ford Company as one the 2014 Dragons’ Den Driven For Success Companies that exemplified Ford’s Four Pillars of Success.