By Kandace Greene, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Late August is back to school for most kids/parents. Normally, I would be dropping my kids off at their respective schools and heading into the office. However, this year is obviously a little different, but in the transportation industry I have become used to being flexible.

This year, my three children are each schooling differently, which means I am going to have lots of fun (insert sarcasm here). School district rules dictate that all three of my kids will be remote learning for the first two weeks. Then, my youngest child will attend school entirely in-person. My middle child will be on a hybrid schedule which consists of two days of in-person learning and three days of remote learning. Finally, my oldest child, will be completing his entire first trimester remotely.

I have always been a “working mom” and am now lucky to have the flexibility to work from home while my kids get familiarized with remote learning. However, I find myself working longer hours at home because well, let’s face it, while at home I am also setting up Zoom calls for my kids, checking their classwork, answering questions, making snacks, the list goes on and on.

I cannot imagine I am the only person in this position, there are millions of us, moms, dads, grandparents, etc.! At Navjoy, we don’t just expect change, but we embrace it and even find ways to make change happen, so I am trying to take that attitude and apply it at home. We all could use a little encouragement occasionally, especially now. So, if you’re in a similar situation, remember these few things:

  1. This is new for ALL of us (parents, employers, children).
  2. It’s okay to be frustrated.
  3. “Brain beaks” are essential for parents and children.
  4. It’s okay to not have a routine.

Most importantly, do what works for you. We may not all be in the same boat but we’re all going through the same storm.

If you have any questions or comments on this article, contact Kandace Greene at KGreene@navjoyinc.com.