Having a babysitter around while you work from home can be quite an adjustment. If the babysitter is there, she takes over the care of the children for a while, but what do you do when the children need you? After all, you are home and available to some extent, but you don't really want to be disturbed. We have listed three trips to solve this conundrum, so read on now.
Tip #1 Divide the space
Making agreements in advance about who is where in the house can make a big difference. Try to discuss with the babysitter which would be a nice place for him or her to entertain the children and which would be a pleasant place for you to work. That way, the children will not be reminded of you all the time and the Angel can fulfil her babysitting tasks more easily. Flexible working can also be done from home; make sure there are plenty of spaces around the house where the Angel can keep an eye on the kids. Consider, for example, a cozy cabin in the attic or a picnic in the garden. How great! Give the Angel space to make it truly fun for the kids.
Babysitter Anne discusses babysitting during corona:
“I always take into account the activities I do with the kids and the place where we will play. For example, I try not to do very active and noisy activities in the room next to the working parent, or we will sometimes deliberately play somewhere out of the parent's purview.”
Tip #2 Make agreements
Before you start working, run through the day's planning together. For example, when do you have an important meeting? At that time, the Babysitting Angel can take the kids outside or they can play on another floor or in another room; you can alternate and prevent miscommunication. Of course, there will be times that your children really need their parents. Make sure to also schedule these little moments so that the kids know where they stand. After all, no one can replace their own mom or dad, not even the best Babysitting Angels 😉.
Tip #3 Think of activities
Keeping children entertained can be quite a challenge, especially if they know that their parents are also at home. Try to give the Angel freedom regarding activities. There are plenty of activities that are relatively noiseless. Think of, for example, reading, watching a movie, or arts and crafts. When it is not raining too hard, they can always go get some fresh air by going to a playground together or the babysitter can take the kids for a walk. The children will be kept busy and will also tire more quickly. Try to discuss with your babysitter what you need in order to be able to work from home comfortably, and what works for your kids too. That way, you can keep the atmosphere at home pleasant and increase your chances of having a successful working day!
A company babysitter?
Want to work productively from home? Many employers may want to contribute to allow you to do so. For example these companies have chosen for Charly Cares Business: the OLVG Hospital, Wundermart, Deloitte, Havensteder, Joolz, Kindergarden en Fonds 1818. With Charly Cares Business, your employer can support you with a company babysitter. Also want a company babysitter? Forward the brochure below to your employer and, who knows, your next babysitting service may be reimbursed!
Want to learn more about Charly Cares Business?
Want to know more about Charly Cares business? Read the interview with Wundermart, one of the first companies to reimburse a babysitter for their employees, here. Or read our solution to staff shortages in hospitals here. Want more information on what Charly Cares can do for your organisation? Contact us, we would love to think along with you. More information