To those here who are working full time from home with small children, with or without a spouse, and no outside help, how are you doing it? Do you have any good strategies that are working well for you? My husband and I know so many other parents who have at least one local grandparent, or aunt and uncle, or a nanny or tutor who hasn't quit. We had a nanny who left because she was getting too worried about contracting the virus. Now, we're pretty much on our own with two small children in school online full-time. And sure, we'd find a new nanny but with skyrocketing case numbers, bringing a stranger into our home is probably not the best idea until more people are vaccinated. Our kids' grandparents will not be helping out anytime soon. They have no desire to move, even temporarily, even if we all got tested every week or two. Not happening.
It looks like this is going to last a lot longer than we ever thought it would. We expect to have to make this work through May. I changed jobs a few months ago and am now starting to wish I had just quit my last job rather than taken on something new-- a job I accepted because the culture was more forgiving of parents with kids at home. If you plan on continuing to try to make this work, what are you doing? And how do you stay motivated at work? I don't know how to keep this up for another six months-- and if camps are canceled, even longer. I like my new job but I'm starting to regret taking it and stretching my bandwidth way beyond normal capacity.