As families across the world grapple with the on-going COVID-19 crisis, holidays like Father’s Day are looking a little different. As we noted on Mother’s Day, parents have had to adapt to a whole new way of working while caring for their kids. Now, moms and dads are balancing the demands of full-time jobs and families with very little separating the two.
That’s why in celebration of Father’s Day, we decided to check in with three dynamic Medix dads – Jeb, John and Lee – to capture their advice for doing it all while working from home:
“I have two beautiful little girls, six-year-old Mia and Ella, who is two. The best advice I can give to anyone is just have fun with them in the house and roll with it. They are excited that I’m home a lot more now, and they get even more excited to see all of daddy’s friends on my computer.
Yesterday, my wife did their nails, and they were super excited to show off their new colors to the IT team. We are doing a lot of virtual meetings, and sometimes clients can hear my girls singing, screaming, crying, etc. Everyone gets it, and it actually allows us to get to know each other better and a lot more quickly.
This situation has really allowed our families to get to know what we do and who we work with. Plus, they get to see how cool these Medix dads really are!”
“Working from home during this pandemic has been a wild adjustment. My world has changed a couple times.
I started the pandemic with a two-and-a-half-year-old son and a wife who was eight months pregnant. This was challenging, because both of us were working while trying to minimize the ‘screen time babysitter’ for our son. We had to communicate about our work schedules more than we ever did in the past. Every night, my wife and I would first talk about what our schedules were the next day. Once we understood who was going to be out of commision for parental duties, the shell of our day was set! It was now time to plug in activities for our son. These activities consisted of walks, arts and crafts, reading, science experiments, independent play time, etc. After a lot of YouTube and Google searches, we were able to fill in the gaps of the days with unique activities. Once the extra activities of the days were planned, we would have a conversation about who was going to lead each activity, and who was going to be able to get work done. It was a little rocky at first, but we eventually got into a good groove!
That is…until my wife gave birth to our second son, and we added a newborn and a wife on maternity leave into the mix! As if having a newborn was not a stressful enough time, we’ve had to completely change our quarantine routine. The nightly conversations and planning sessions are still happening. Now, with Hillary not working the time slots in the day, I can take on some responsibility so she can do simple things like shower, get dressed and make a cup of coffee. Hillary has taken on much more of the day-to-day responsibilities with our sons, Joe and Albert, which shifts some of my focus back to work.
Overall, I think the key to success is communicating with your partner in ways you never had to before.”
“There are so many differences and learnings to working in this environment. My best advice? As parents, you are the model that your children will look to most. None of us is perfect, but I always try to keep that in mind in good times and bad.
It truly goes by fast. Stop and pay attention as they grow. I tried telling my youngest to stay eight years old.
Thank you for sharing your experiences, Jeb, John and Lee! We appreciate the work you do to make a positive impact on our team and on your family at home.
Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere!
To learn more about Medix’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here.