I wake up early but don’t get to my desk until late. As a work from home mom, there are no traffic jams en route to my computer. There are three kids who, while semi-independent, need help in getting to their remote classes on time. One kid begins each morning by blaming the alarm clock for not waking him up. It is a nine-minute rush from bed to computer, with quick stops at the bathroom. Of course, once settled in for the first lesson, there are shouts that the notebooks and
Shortly before the coronavirus epidemic sent us into social distancing isolation, I started to dabble in mindfulness, an art of focusing on the present. Deep breathing. Focusing. Tuning out. A few minutes a day of just being. And then came isolation. And with isolation came new colleagues. Three of them under age 12. Working from home is my regular gig. Working from home with a spouse and three kids has been the ultimate test to my focus and patience. I am used to working in
The coronavirus changed my work from home schedule to include three kids as my new WFH colleagues. Water-cooler talk is usually about them. No, it's always about them.
In the years before a deadly disease was lurking invisibly outside, the kids would set off to school in the morning and only return home after after-school activities. My work space at home was mine. On March 13, 2020, when Israel shuttered schools, my work space became shared work space. The good points: I