Although working from home is indeed a privilege for those who are able to do so, not every home or family is necessarily happy. Sudden enforced togetherness can present its own challenges.
If there are already issues within the family and then both parents are working from home with potentially bored young children stresses and tension can be raised. Here are some tips for maintaining the peace in your home / prison, whether your relationship is solid or not:
- Go outside and get some fresh air;
- Carve out your own workspace, preferable with a door (for peace and work reasons);
- Change your thinking as parents – children may have more screen time and increased food treats (often known as bribery);
- Be kind to each other;
- Set aside clean up time so your house doesn’t become a bomb site;
- Stay connected – reach out to friends, family or colleagues; and
- Remind yourself this is not a permanent situation and it will end.
The above may come across as simple, but keeping it light during periods of tension can genuinely assist. It is well known that domestic violence increases during periods of stress. If you have experienced sexual assault, domestic or family violence call 1800RESPECTor 1800 737 732 for 24 hours counselling. Lifeline is also available for support 13 11 14. Otherwise, call us to discuss how your household situation is going and how we as family lawyers may be able to help, on 03 9614 7111.