Despite more businesses opening, some daycares and schools are still closed, leaving it up to parents to continue to work full-time jobs, watch and entertain children, teach them, help them with their homework…among many other things! High Profile’s “Project: Keep Working Parents Sane” checks in with a few working parents with young children. Here, they share their challenges, what’s working for them, and advice they have for other working parents.
We invited a few of our High Profile working parents to give their insight on the quarantine experience as full-time employees and parents!
Callie Miller, our VP of Client Services, is mom to two boys, ages five and one! She’s been with High Profile for 14 years. She shared what her quarantine experience has been like. Callie describes the silver lining of quarantine, what she misses about pre-COVID life, and how she (and her boys) have adapted.
Q. What have you been grateful for during the pandemic?
A. Being able to have the extra time with my family – seeing my boys play and grow and knowing that they are safe, at home, with me! Although there are many moments of crazy, being able to take time throughout the day to engage with my boys – have a snack, playtime, and random dance parties each day – has been really special!
Q. What do you miss most about pre-COVID life?
A. Meeting and connecting with people in person, lunches, and happy hours at restaurants, and strolling through Home Goods/TJ Maxx.
Q. What are you looking forward to about returning to normal?
A. Being able to connect in person with extended family, friends, and colleagues.
Q. What has been the biggest change in your daily “work” routine?
A. I am used to being out in the field, visiting clients, attending events, and connecting with people, so I’ve had to adjust to being “confined” at home, connecting by video, while caring for my sweet boys!
Q. What has been your biggest adjustment to working from home with young kids?
A. The biggest adjustment is not really having extended time to think and process. There are constant interruptions and no real “break” in the daily schedule. Everything runs together! My routine has been interrupted, but so has theirs! They miss their friends, teachers, and preschool, so they are looking to me to replace that. I just take it one hour at a time and extend lots of grace to myself, each of them, and to others! It has been really neat to connect with other professionals as parents. Before COVID, many would shush or hide kids, but now we are encouraging them to say hello, or join in on a meeting!