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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:

TimeActivity
6:30 – 8:00 amWake up, play and prepare breakfast with Dad.
8:00 – 10:00 amMom’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 pmDad works; art hour with Mom, then lunch and nap time.
2:00 – 5:00 pmMom’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 pmFamily hour, playing and reading together, and sharing stories about our days.
6:00 – 7:30 pmDinner, then getting ready for bed and finally story time before laying down with Dad.
7:30 – 8:30 pmPre-cooking tomorrow’s lunch.
8:30 – 10:00 pmParents’ time off to wind down and spend some time together.