How To Work From Home With Kids
Whether you’re a stay at home mom or a work at home mom, getting any kind of work done with toddlers at home seems impossible. One thing we all have in common is, we have stuff that needs to be done.
Cooking, cleaning, laundry, phone calls, appointments, emails, work. The list goes on and on.
I am going to show you exactly what you need to do to keep your toddlers busy so you can start getting more done in a day without making your kids feel neglected.
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How to get work done while
working at home
I’m going to show you how to be a productive stay at home mom who also works at home. It will take a little routine work but if you stick with it you are sure to start getting your tasks accomplished and more done during the day.
1. Create a home office space
Find a space in your home that could be used only for your workspace. I would not recommend a high traffic area like the kitchen table because it would cause too many distractions for you to get any work done.
Make sure the space is functionable and well lit.
Find an old card table or a hard surface somewhere in the house that can act as your table. You can even grab this inexpensive table desk from amazon.
You just need enough table space to do your computer work from home but at the same time it doesn’t take up a ton of space. Noone
2. Important work during sleep time
Leave important work like phone calls for when the kids are asleep. Do you just hate when your talking on the phone and your toddler starts screaming at the top of their lungs (or at least that’s what mine does)?
Put the kids down for a nap (hopefully at the same time) and then get the more important tasks done during this time.
Trust me, it will be so much easier when their asleep.
3. Create a to-do list
According to HuffPost, you are 42% more likely to complete a task if you write it down.
4. Offer a reward
I don’t mean give yourself a tall glass of wine for each day you complete (but go ahead, there’s
Offer your kids a reward for good behavior. Giving your child a reward shows them that you recognize their good behavior and they will do more of it.
The CDC has an article on the steps for creating a reward system and it’s pretty simple to do.
Children want your approval and want to obey you, if they are not doing this then it could be because you are not giving them what they need (which is usually quality attention from you).
Which leads me to my next point.
5. Spend quality time early in the morning
You might be wondering exactly how can I work from home when my children are so needy all the time?
There is a very basic answer to this but one that will give you the best results.
Spend quality time with them early in the morning. As mentioned above, your kids crave your attention. So give it to them early in the morning so you can have a few hours of them being less clingy.
If a few hours pass and they are wanting your undivided attention again, take some more time to give them that quality time. Do an activity, read a book, have lunch together as long as your giving them your attention.
6. Create a toddler workspace near your workspace
Your toddler is constantly learning and when they see you getting work done, they want to get work done too!
Create a space for your toddler to get their own work done while you work.
I do this with my toddler and he loves it!
7. Plan for activities
Kids, especially smaller ones need to always be doing something. Set up activities that will keep them busy. The key to this is finding activities they don’t need much help doing.
He goes over chairs, under tables, through tunnels by following the tape.
That was a couple weeks ago and he is still playing with it!
Bonus tip: keep a couple super fun activities set aside for emergencies.
Maybe an important phone call or some sort of fire you have to put out. My son absolutely loves glow sticks and only gets them on occasion. This would be a perfect emergency activity to pull out in a flash.
It’s low prep, you literally take it out of the container, snap it and shake it and it’s lit for hours.
8. Set up a clock or timer
Grab this clock and these markers and color the hours for quiet time, nap time or work time whatever you chose to put. You can even use this timer. That way your kids have a better understanding of when they have to do let “mommy get things done time”.
9. Get up earlier
If your anything like me then getting up early in the morning is the last thing you want to do. But it could become necessary so you can get a head start getting your work done.
Whether it’s a half-hour, an hour or even two hours early. It’s a good way to catch up on late work or get a head start on the current day’s tasks.
10. Take breaks
As hard as it will be to take a break when there is so much that has to get dome, it’s important to do so. Not only so you can keep creating quality work but also so you can give your mind and body a break.
Giving yourself a break, whether it
You will be more productive if you take breaks.
11. Catch up on the weekend
I know what your thinking mama. Why in the heck would I work on the weekend? This is a question I often ask myself!
Truth is, we just need that extra time to get work done. If you set your mind up with the idea of having the weekend to work, it will be less stressful during the week when the kids just won’t let you get anything done.
12. Keep snacks close by
Toddlers love to eat, a lot! Or at least they like to snack a lot (or is that just my little food monster?) Keep some snacks handy for when your kids get hungry. This will keep them more focused and busy for just a little while longer.
It could be anything from apple slices to Cheetos, something that will fill their little bellies. After all, a hungry toddler is a cranky toddler and you won’t get much done if their having a hard time.
13. Make a schedule
Kids thrive on routine. Have you ever switched something up on your kids and got a horrible reaction?
It’s because kids NEED to know what to expect or need to know what is going to happen next. Ahead of time so their brains can process it.
We have a firm schedule at my house and it has helped me get so much more work done!
Ever hear of a mama asking for advice on getting her baby to sleep easier or sleeping through the night. The #1 answer is usually to put a bedtime routine in place?
That’s because they have to be able to foresee what is coming next.
Very Well family has a very simple way of creating a schedule for your kids that you should totally check out.
14. Get ready first
Start your day by washing your face, brushing your teeth and getting dressed. it’s a proven fact that by getting ready for the day you will be way more productive.
I know you know what I mean, mama. How many time have you been in your pajamas and just had no energy to get those dishes done. But the second you got ready just a little bit you were ready to start scrubbing floors with a toothbrush?
Get yourself ready!
Concluding working from home with baby or toddlers
The biggest stay at home mom advice I can give you is that you won’t get all of your work done in one “work schedule” or “work day”. It’s just not going to happen with small children at home.
But there are things you can do to occupy them while you get more work done.
I’m not saying to leave your kids unattended all day while you
Take it from a mama of a clingy toddler! If I can get my toddler to occupy himself for small stretches, you ABSOLUTELY can too!
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