Ah, working from home ... so easy, so stress-free, right? Wrong! Ok there may be perks BUT it's still work – and sometimes you probably wish you actually were in the office. How may of these can YOU relate to?
If you've just been ordered to work from home – grrr, thanks coronavirus – you may be wondering what's in store. Is it all cups of tea and morning TV on in the background? Will you even need to get dressed?!
Here's a lighthearted look at what WFH as a parent REALLY entails. And hey, once coronavirus calms down – soon we hope – it may just make you GLAD to get back to the office.
In the meantime, here's what mums and dads who work from home know ...
Yes, you know that a good office chair would do wonders for your back but the sofa is just too inviting.
By the afternoon there's a definite parent-shaped bottom mark where you've been sitting most of the day and your back doesn't thank you for it every time you stand up for a cup of tea. You vow that you'll sit properly at your desk and chair tomorrow and then never do, obviously.
When This Morning's on in the background you get way too engrossed in Holly's outfit or latest giggling fit with Philip so it has to go off.
Then it's almost too quiet and all you can hear is your ears buzzing, or was that a child saying 'Mummy' – no hang on, they're at school so now you're hearing things.
The radio it is ...
Ah office working. Happy days of gossiping at the water cooler, offering to make tea for everyone so you can have a gossip in the kitchen ...
Working from home makes it surprisingly hard to fit in a cup of tea. Especially when you've sunk into the sofa and it's just too hard to get up!
When you do manage to get up, it's to tackle the washing mountain that's threatening to engulf you. Even though you actually have tons of work to get through, it's impossible not to keep it moving every day.
So tea breaks become shoving-a-load-of-the-kids-washing-in-on-a-hot-wash and praying someone will unload, dry it and put it away. Oh no, that's you!
Why is it that when you say you're working from home people react like this:
Er, there are no inverted commas, people. You are actually WORKING from home. Or trying to ...
And no, it's not work calling, it's someone like your mum who, as per the above point thinks you're having a lovely day 'working from home'. In other words, she thinks it's the perfect time to chat because you've got nothing else on today.
Dwayne from DPD comes around 11am, Jan from Hermes is usually around lunchtime ...
And each time they deliver something you pretend it's something for the kids from Amazon, when actually it's another pair of shoes or fancy de-clutterer you just had to have.
Sad but true. You could set your clock by it!
You suddenly realise you've heard a lot of experts, facts and figures from having the radio on ALL day. You know EVERYTHING about coronavirus. Too much perhaps.
You're just getting stuck into something or are mid work-call with your boss when you notice the time. Why do schools finish at 3? And why are you always the last parent to collect your child, eek.
As much as there is to fit in work-wise, you finish most days feeling pretty proud of yourself for fitting in housework, all your work – and more – getting the kids and taking to your mum(!).
And if you don't feel like a hero, you should!
How do you find woking from home? Have you recently had to because of coronavirus? Join in the chats on the working from home section on our forum ...
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