I'm an eternal optimist, who believes in making the best of any situation and making do with what we have to work with. Kids home from school? No problem. Working remotely? No problem. We can't control what's going on in the world, but we can control our attitude and how we live in our homes.
In fact, the years I've spent working remotely, I home schooled and even ran a Day Care at one time in my life. It was busy, fun and crazy all at the same time. I survived it with a lot of great memories and a smile on my face. That's what I want to encourage people to do on this blog. Create a very unique and special "Remote Home Haven" making memories and having fun with your loved ones.
Here's 4 quick tips on how to do that.
Tip #1 Create an Atmosphere of Calm
It's important to stay calm and joyful in our homes. Our energy and mood affects every member of our family 's mood and attitude. Keep it light and bright in your home. Create work spaces with good lighting, comfy space and make them inspiring. Scents also affect our feeling of well being. Candles and diffusers, with calming scents like eucalyptus, lavender and lemon, create a tranquil mood. It only takes a few minutes to rustle up a batch of chocolate chip cookies, that will make your home heavenly. I also suggest playing soft, feel good music, like classical jazz, country, Christian, whatever creates a good vibe. Create or download meditation moments with your spouse and kids. It's great to take those moments to breath in, and experience gratefulness.
Tip #2 Working Remotely with Kids Home-Get to know them on a New Level
This is a chance to get to know your children on a whole new level. What a great opportunity to know what it's like as they navigate through a school day. Yes, it's hard to work with children home saying "I am hungry" every hour. Or, "Susie touched me Mom!" Trust me, I understand, because I lived through it. My best advice; go on line to the Home School Association or Chapter in your area and connect with experienced home school parents. It's also important to create work spaces for the children outside of sibling touching distance. Run your remote home school on a schedule and use timers to have a recess, lunch and free time. Have fun, you are the substitute teacher for the next few weeks. Teach them, create manners classes, crafts, a nature hike! Get creative and love on them, because they are probably a little scared right now and may need to express that in healthy ways.
Remember children do need to get the "wiggles" out and tend to do well when they can do exercise videos, and outdoor running activities. Keep them on a schedule and run a tight ship. Enjoy the moments of knowing their work habits, strengths and weaknesses. It's a great way to connect with children.
Tip #3 Get a Grip on the Meals & Snacks
Make best friends with your Crockpot, Insta-pot or Toaster oven! No one expects gourmet meals, but kids just want to eat all the time. This requires meal prepping and snacks during the day. Why not incorporate a cooking class with real cookbooks and let the kids help make the recipes? They will soon be making meals if they are age appropriate. Don't cook? No worries, give your kids a recipe and they will teach you. Home Economics Class 101. Most importantly, make memories, let them get messy and enjoy the moments.
Traveling to a foreign country can be exciting and challenging at
the same time. If you don't know the language, the laws, or the transportation
system, you may find yourself a little out of your element. Last week, I attended the Consumer Electronics Show
in Las Vegas and I found a few great products, to help ease traveling to a
Tip #1 Bring your own Translator, with the Ambassador
Translator by Waverly Products. The Ambassador is a high grade transition tool,
that seamlessly processes speech with a cloud-based machine translation in the
native language of the user. Translations can be delivered in the ear or
by text. The unit offers 20 languages and 42 dialects. Cost
$199 www.waverlylabs.com You can also check out www.pockettalk.net
Tip #3 Bring a breathalyzer
if your want to enjoy a cocktail and drive your car. Each country has
different rules and legislation regarding what the legal % of alcohol allowed
in the system. Olythe unveils its reusable, connected, accurate and
reliable breathalyzer built around a patented infrared technology previously
available only to police departments. When the blood alcohol content measured
exceeds the limit, the app tells the user how much time is left before he or
she can drive legally again, and how long it will take before their blood
alcohol content returns to zero. OCIGO uses its unique miniaturized and
patented infrared technology to deliver the 4-figure accuracy essential in
international markets. This functionality works in tandem with geolocation to
enable OCIGO to adjust automatically to align with the national and/or state
legislation, and flags up any change in legislation as borders are crossed. For
business users, OCIGO offers an online platform that enables breath tests to be
scheduled, made randomly or on demand, thereby meeting the demanding
requirements of automobile fleets, including automated reporting, facial
recognition and on-demand tests. And since road safety knows no borders, OCIGO
is now ready to cross the Atlantic! https://www.olythe.io/en/shop/ $249