Parents: If you had a weeklong vacation all to yourself, how would you spend it?
But for others -- namely parents who have had to juggle their remote work and their children’s remote schooling and general care -- the circumstances are less than ideal. In some states, parents were willing to pay upward of $2,000 for time alone. AdWe want to hear from you: If you were able to secure a weeklong vacation for yourself, away from your family, where would you go? Whether you’re new to parenting or a seasoned vet, we recently launched our Kidding Around Newsletter to share with you parenting topics that you care most about. Check out, and maybe sign up for, our newest Newsletters right here.
Michigan parents working from home willing to pay hundreds for week away from family, survey says
So when realty service website ISoldMyHouse.com asked American parents what they would hypothetically pay for one week of rest and relaxation away from their family, Michigan’s average response was in the hundreds: $592, to be exact. On average, parents across the U.S. said they would be willing to pay $873 for a week away from their children and significant other. AdIn states like New Hampshire, Nevada and North Dakota, surveyed parents were willing to pay more than $1,000 to get away. Parents in West Virginia were willing to pay the most for a week of alone time, with the state’s responses averaging $2,448. We won’t be emailing you every week; you’ll only hear from us when there’s something to say.
Tax season: Can you write off your home office if you are temporarily working from home?
That shift to working from home could have a big impact on your income taxes. If you are a 1099 employee then you can take a home office deduction. “A lot of people were expecting to be able to write off their home office when in fact they can’t,” Luis Garcia with the IRS said. If you’re a gig worker, sub contractor of self employed -- or have a side hustle -- and use your home office only for that business then you can get the home office deduction. It’s important to note that if you’re thinking of selling your home in the near future then you’re going to have to give back the deduction you receive now.
EU pushes for ‘right to disconnect’ from work at home
BRUSSELS – European Union lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a “right to disconnect” from the internet and email, with around one third of people now working from home across the 27-nation bloc due in large part to coronavirus restrictions. “The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we work and we must update our rules to catch up with the new reality,” said Maltese Socialist lawmaker Alex Agius Saliba, who led work on the resolution. The resolution, which is non-binding, was passed by 31 votes to 6 against, with 18 abstentions in the European Parliament’s Employment Committee. It must still have to be rubber stamped by the full house, then submitted to the commission and national EU governments for possible endorsement. They say home workers should be able to disconnect without facing repercussions from their employers.
This working-from-home tip could change your life
One of the newest episodes of “The Best Advice Show” podcast offers a potentially life-changing tip to enhance and reboot your typical work-from-home day. It’s all part of our newest podcast, sharing advice from you -- to the world. Leave your name and your advice, followed by your email address, in case he has any follow-up questions. Listen to it below:“The Best Advice Show” exists as a daily reminder that there are weird, delightful and effective ways to survive and thrive in this world. In every episode of the show, a different contributor offers their own personal take on what they do to make their life better, healthier, saner and more livable.
Kim DeGiulio: Going with the flow
It’s especially hard when you’re used to doing something that you really enjoy and then that’s taken away from you. It’s hard, but I think it’s only going to make us stronger. (WDIV)I start to wonder how long it’s going to be until we’re able to gather like that again. But I’m really starting to appreciate how peaceful it is to give yourself space. but I’m also going to make sure I take more time to continue to have moments by myself like I’m doing now.
Kim DeGiulio: Adjusting to this new normal
My husband is working from home and I’m working in a newsroom that feels empty as many of our staff is also working from home. My husband and I live in a smaller apartment downtown so he’s turned our dining table into his new office. It’s a great way to calm your stress which I know a lot of us are dealing with right now. Other than movies and eating carry out, I’m planning on catching up on lots of sleep this weekend. This weekend will be a blessing and I’ll come back on Monday well rested and ready for another work week!