How to work at home with kids and not be a sucky parent or lousy employee

The answers are surprising. I asked my followers: ‘How are you and your family doing during the COVID 19 lockdown? What do you need most right now?' Almost everybody kept a positive attitude. But when it came to their kids: not so much. A barrage of counter-questions followed: 'How can we work from home with a three-year-old running around?' 'What can we do without them distracting us from working?' 'What if they bomb the video call with my client?'

Easy answers for me. My wife, Ann, and I have worked from home for eleven years, side-by-side, while raising our now 9-year old son. Here is what we learned.

Kill the 9-to-5

Let’s face it. Working with kids at home requires a lot of flexibility. The 9-to-5 mentality will no longer do. And that is a good thing because it is an outdated model from the last century. The 9-to-5 workday was invented by American labor unions in the 1800s and went mainstream courtesy of Henry Ford in the 1920s to streamline factory shifts....

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