Our COVID-19 Schedule as Working Parents with a Toddler
As daycare centres are closed due to the ongoing pandemic, our 19 month old toddler has been spending the past 4+ weeks at home with my wife and I. We knew pretty soon that we needed a strict routine for all of us to stay sane in these unprecedented times.
The daily rhythm that a routine introduces is one of the things we’ve adopted from the book “Simplicity Parenting” by Kim John Payne and Lisa M. Ross. So far, I believe this rhythm is the most important thing allowing us to cope and balance work with caring for our son. A helping factor: My wife is self employed and has been able to get by on about 4 hours of work for as long as I can remember (with a satisfactory income), and my company has gone into short-time work, reducing my hours to 50% = 4 hrs / day as well.
So without further ado, here’s is our unedited schedule:
|6:30 – 8:00 am||Wake up, play and prepare breakfast with Dad.|
|8:00 – 10:00 am||Mom’s 1st work slot; morning cirle and some music, then get dressed & play with dad and go for a 1 hr stroll to the lake (throwing stones and watching ducks).|
|10:00 am – 2:00 pm||Dad works; art hour with Mom, then lunch and nap time.|
|2:00 – 5:00 pm||Mom’s 2nd work slot; snack time with Dad, then building fortresses from the sofa and going outside for some light gardening.|
|5:00 – 6:00 pm||Family hour, playing and reading together, and sharing stories about our days.|
|6:00 – 7:30 pm||Dinner, then getting ready for bed and finally story time before laying down with Dad.|
|7:30 – 8:30 pm||Pre-cooking tomorrow’s lunch.|
|8:30 – 10:00 pm||Parents’ time off to wind down and spend some time together.|