I never thought I’d be a working mom, but let me tell you, blogging is a full-time job some weeks! Honestly, there are days I spend hours just responding to emails! I’m not complaining, I love what I do and I’m saving my family money because of the items I’m sent to review. I have however found it harder, as Maggie is getting older, to work from home. A reader of this blog shared these tips with me about being a working mom at home, so now I’m sharing them with you!
- Keep children busy when awake. Even very young children can entertain themselves for a few minutes while Mommy is working. Set up a corner in your home office with toys that they can play with which do not require your supervision. Every few days rotate the toys to keep them interesting. Young children love to copy adults, so create a small home office for them as well, and fill it with toy versions of the things you use in your office
- Desk and Chair. Sounds obvious, but you need a good desk and chair. Working from home affords you the chance to have a desk and chair that you want and will be able to sit at.
- Schedule playtimes. Your kids are more likely to leave you to work in peace (well almost peace) if you take the time to offer your full attention to them in between bursts of work activity. Be completely present for playtime for 20 minutes, and then ask them to cooperate while you return to work. When you’re done, reward them (and yourself) with another play time.
- Make use of nap-times. The best time to get work done is when the house is quiet because your baby and older children are napping or asleep. Try to work straight through naptime, focusing on the projects that are hardest for you to do with children present. You may also get a significant amount done if you get up an hour or two before your kids and work then. If you are not much of a morning person, work an hour or two after they go to bed at night instead.
- Teach them to play by themselves. Children can keep themselves entertained for good stretches at a time. They can play with Legos or board games and let them play video games or watch a DVD sometimes and in moderation. Check on them from time to time and don’t let be alone for too long.
Do you have any working from home tips you’d like to add?