I often ask myself if I can really make working at home with kids, well, work. There are times when The Minis become so difficult that I’d start thinking of quitting my work at home career and be a SAHM instead — perhaps I’d be less stressed if I don’t need to split my time among The Minis, my work and house chores.
Of course, I stop the thought of quitting even before I start to seriously consider it. I’d like to keep our simple yet comfortable lifestyle. And to do that, I have to continue working from home. So, what do I do if working from home becomes difficult?
TIPS ON WORKING AT HOME WITH KIDS
Before anything else, try to find a work schedule you are comfortable with. I like working early in the morning (before The Minis wake up) and in the afternoon while the kids are taking their nap. If, in case, they refuse to take a nap, I usually just give in and drop my work so I can play with them. It always works to give them the time they want with you so later on, they’d give you the time you need for work. :)
On days when I need to get a lot of work done, I call for backup. I either ask Daddy A to bring one of The Minis with him to the office or we get the help of a babysitter. We are lucky because we found someone who is willing to babysit for us.
If I need to work, but there is no need for backup, I often just bring the kids to their playroom and I work on a table inside. Sometimes, kids just want to have you with them so it works to either work in their playroom (if they have one) or give them a corner in your home office.
It is also very helpful to have a set of activities to keep the kids busy every day. I usually give The Princess art supplies and let her create magic while I give balls and blocks to The Little Man. These things will keep them busy for an hour or two — just enough time to squeeze in some work.
I won’t lie because there are some days that The Minis would not let me work at all. During these days, I just let go and go with the flow. Because really, I’m working from home because I want to be with The Minis — the money I get is just a consolation prize. ;) Important Note: Just make sure this does not happen every day, though, because you’d definitely lose clients. :D
Are you a work at home mom/dad, too? What do you do to make working at home with kids more productive and less stressful?