The advantage of not having to commute means kids can get more rest in the morning, and the hours can be shifted depending on when they normally get up, and when you need to be completely focused on work. Rested kids mean temper-tantrums, rage-fits, and the need to have an afternoon wine down can be kept to a minimum, and you can be more productive at work.
One item to consider is the age of your kids. Luckily, teenagers and preteens are able to operate fairly independently. You want to set the expectations early. Set their alarm. Let them know what they need to get done, and by what time. If they need to assist their siblings establish what you expect them to do.
It is shown (see this article) that a lack of sleep can have a negative effect on mental and physical health, and cause anxiety and depression. Combined with the increase of time spent indoors, lack of social interaction, and lack of exercise and sun, and increased screen-time for required school work and leisure activities due to social quarantining, it’s important that for the first couple weeks you remind them of their bedtime, and their wake time.
Letting your teens and tweens know that there will be consequences for not coming to “school” on time, and finishing their work, such as reduced screen-time can be a good incentive to get your older kids on a good schedule.
Most kids between the ages of 5-12 need 10 to 11 hours of sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. With commutes, and early school times, this may not have been happening during the school year, but with schools shutting down for a few weeks, or with virtual schooling, kids have the opportunity to get more of their needed rest. This is important, because rested kids will be less irritable, less cranky, and calmer. This will help you focus on the work you need to do, even with them at home.
You may need to help the younger ones get ready in the morning, so be sure to leave a buffer of time before you need to join on that conference call, so your kids are settled in their first activity before you need to be. Otherwise, Have kids wake up later, so you can finish your morning call, and then help your kids get ready for the day.