Working From Home With Little Ones
If you have little ones at home, you know how difficult it can be to complete the simplest tasks. When you have a work from home job, sometimes you feel like you can never get anything done! Your attention is often directed elsewhere, with pleas for snacks and constantly making sure your kids are safe.
Ideally, another adult can tend to your toddlers and preschoolers while you are working at home. Unfortunately, schedules and budgets do not always permit this type of luxury. How do you keep little ones busy so you can work from home?
Learn how these 3 helpful tips can help you get your work done when you have little ones underfoot.
1. Time Management
When you work at home and have kids, you need to find ways to optimize use of your time. With little ones, you need an even greater handle on scheduling your work hours. Your work can be completed when you think ahead and remain flexible.
You may find that you are able to accomplish a great deal of your work during naptime. With a bit of prep work and organization of your work area, you can immediately tackle your work at home tasks once your little one is sleeping. When you maintain your focus with a checklist of tasks to complete during this quiet, you will be amazed at what you can complete.
2. Kid-Safe Work Area
If your little one is resistant to naps or you need to work during their awake hours, you still have options. Carefully inspect your work area. Is it kid-safe? Do you have all loose cords bundled or taped? Are all electrical outlets covered with child safety plugs?
Get down on your hands and knees to crawl around your work area. Look at it from a little one's perspective and make necessary safety precautions. Have another adult or young child do the same to catch any possible dangers. When you know that your work area is safe, you will feel less stressed and be better able to attend to your work when your little ones are present.
3. Busy Activities
Keep a container of age-appropriate toys and books in your work area. Lay out a special blanket and encourage your child to stay there to play. You can use a creative description like "Super Fun Quiet Time" to help your child learn to be excited about this independent play.
To help your little ones extend their independent play time, create busy bags or boxes that only come out during your work at home hours. These busy activities can be as simple as collecting a few toys around the house and keeping them out of sight until you need to work.
You can work at home with little ones. With the right preparation and organization, your little ones happy can keep busy while your work gets done.
About the Author:
Amy Milcic is a homeschool soccer mom to 5 boys (toddler to teen). In addition to owning two blogs, Amy works as a freelance writer specializing in blog and content creation. Click here to learn more about working with Amy.