The older the child, the easier this is. For younger kids you can have a sign up on your workspace when you are busy and cannot be interrupted. For older kids you can ask them to sit quietly by you and read a book until you are ready to help them. One of our team with three children has a sofa next to her desk where her children sit if they need help and when she is free she helps them one by one. Keep in mind what is a realistic waiting time, as the younger they are the shorter time they will be able to hold on. Don’t forget to big them up and give them a massive boost when they have done what you asked. Younger ones can have a sticker chart for this. In our home office we have rewarded with chocolate and jelly beans. I know sweets are not ideal but we now have more peace that we can’t have everything perfect in these trying times.
Saying that, children wandering into board meetings and management updates is becoming the new normal in this strange new world. I had to tell off two of my bickering children during this week’s TutorsPlus team meeting.