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Child care in this work from home COVID situation

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How are others managing in this work from home situation with kids at home. My husband and I are both working full time with a 4 and 2 year old at home. We are trying to find a nanny or at least a babysitter to come help. We live in Lausanne - anyone know any websites to start our search?

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Re: Child care in this work from home COVID situation

We both theoretically work full time, but we split the day and take turns parenting. Employers need to be flexible in this unprecedented time. Someone leaving their home and traveling to yours puts others at risk.
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Old 05.04.2020, 10:18
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Re: Child care in this work from home COVID situation

Why can't you watch your kids while working?

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Oh, Tom, a 4 year old and a 2 year old? Watch them while working at a desk job? Not really possible, at least not much during their waking hours, I'd think.
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4 and 2 years old. Are you seriously ?

But yes, unless you can find a live-in nanny, what so_cal said applies. Good luck.
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Re: Child care in this work from home COVID situation

Laura, how were you and your husband dividing up the child-care, before Corona? Were the children in day-care? If so, what do they advise that you should do?
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Because not everyone has houses full of Hello Kitties for selfsoothing
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4 and 2 years old. Are you seriously ?

But yes, unless you can find a live-in nanny, what so_cal said applies. Good luck.
I have multiple colleagues in my team who are looking after 2 or 3 young children while working, both partners have jobs and in some team meetings you can just hear the kids in the background, of course sometimes screaming or crying. They said that they take turns looking after them throughout the day and of course everyone is aware and understanding given the situation. I also have parents in my extended family (one a single parent holding down a busy teaching job) working while looking after their 2 to 4 kids at home. Obviously it's tough as hell, but they are managing because they have to make it work.

Not only as mentioned earlier to employers have to be flexible in this unprecedented situation, but unless it is somehow completely unavoidable (and I am not sure of many situations where it would be) people should also be minimizing risks by looking after their own families and not introducing babysitters or nannies into the household who are another vector for COV infection.

To think that looking after kids is somehow impossible in the current situation while two parents are working from home just seems really unlikely. If both parents HAD to go out of the house to work then I would understand.

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Re: Child care in this work from home COVID situation

I fail to see the problem.

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I have multiple colleagues in my team who are looking after 2 or 3 young children while working, both partners have jobs and in some team meetings you can just hear the kids in the background, of course sometimes screaming or crying. They said that they take turns looking after them throughout the day and of course everyone is aware and understanding given the situation. I also have parents in my extended family (one a single parent holding down a busy teaching job) working while looking after their 2 to 4 kids at home. Obviously it's tough as hell, but they are managing because they have to make it work.

Not only as mentioned earlier to employers have to be flexible in this unprecedented situation, but unless it is somehow completely unavoidable (and I am not sure of many situations where it would be) people should also be minimizing risks by looking after their own families and not introducing babysitters or nannies into the household who are another vector for COV infection.

To think that looking after kids is somehow impossible in the current situation while two parents are working from home just seems really unlikely. If both parents HAD to go out of the house to work then I would understand.
Thanks for mansplaining everything that so_cal was able to convey in one sentence which I agreed with.
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How are others managing in this work from home situation with kids at home. My husband and I are both working full time with a 4 and 2 year old at home. We are trying to find a nanny or at least a babysitter to come help. We live in Lausanne - anyone know any websites to start our search?

Thanks!
Its definitely a challenge, mine are 7 and 9 so a little easier in that they can amuse themselves when I am on a call. However there have been a few flare ups and tantrums and I've had to excuse myself from a call to referee

People understand, and some actually appreciate the effort.

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Old 05.04.2020, 13:56
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Re: Child care in this work from home COVID situation

Let's just remind the employers that even older kids cannot pull off school on their own for weeks on. It is not just babies that need attention, remote schooling is tasking on everybody, eventhough each age is different. Kids don't need to be babysat but stimulated, developed and educated, preferably in a way that motivates them, not make them feel like obstacles in parents' careers.

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Re: Child care in this work from home COVID situation

Try sitting down together with your husband and make a weekly schedule. Who needs to make calls, and when? Write down who is in charge of "kid interruptions" at what time. Institute a quiet time after lunch with nap or quiet play. One or both of you can work during that time. It isn't easy, but with good organisation it should be a lot smoother.
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Re: Child care in this work from home COVID situation

I just learnt there are hotels renting their rooms for home-office. Contactless entrance.
A couple of which both work could rent such a hotel room and start working shifts. That gives the children full attention of one parent while the other can fully concentrate on work.

Just google. There are lots of offers.
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