Working at home with two kids is fantastic, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world but there are days when I am ducking into the bathroom to try and take a phone call while I cross my fingers that the kids don’t destroy the house in the seventy-five seconds I’m gone or try to answer emails as I am getting climbed on by a four and one year old when I wonder what the heck I am doing.
The trick to working at home, from home, with kids is to try and find the balance. Here are some of the things that work for us when it comes to finding balance while I work and parent during the day.
Get up and Hour Earlier
This doesn’t always happen but on the days that I get up an hour earlier than the kids I can start making breakfast, get a head start on work, sending and answering emails and make sure that the blog posts are scheduled for the day. I might even take the time to grab some breakfast for myself. Getting up an hour earlier is a must have for silent time to get some work done.
Schedule, Schedule, Schedule
We stick to the same schedule throughout the week. Mondays are my least favorite day. That’s the day when I am working all day and scheduling activities for the kids where they can play independently do crafts beside me, and watch movies. In addition to getting the ‘work’ stuff done throughout the day Monday is Laundry Day, Monday is washing the walls Day and Monday is going for groceries day. Monday is the day of the week when I am scheduling posts for the rest of the week, getting a head start and making sure that the house is in order. It’s also the day when I make the schedule for the rest of the week and create the weekly to do list. Monday is the crazy day.
There are lots of activities that I plan for the kids that we can do together for a few minutes and then, I can let them play on their own. Sidewalk painting, sensory baths, squishy Baff, arts and crafts – lots of these things can be done with the kids while I am working alongside. For example, bath tub paint keeps them busy for at least forty-five minutes while I can work alongside them in the bathroom.
Use That Support Around You
I am lucky to have an amazing support system and a couple of times a week if I am behind on some work that needs to be done Jamie will take the kids for a bike ride for a couple of hours, swimming, to the park, with him to run errands that need to be completed. I wouldn’t be able to work at-home and be efficient (and caught up) if it weren’t for his support.
Turn it Off
Most days, when ten o’clock comes around the computer is off. Some days I will work at catching up on a few things while the kids are having lunch beside me but most of the time I am able to get everything done before ten am, and I am finished the bulk of the work through the day. The rest of the time, everything that I need to do can be accessed with a quick swipe of the iphone or ipad (two other tools that make things easier). Second rule? No computers after dinner.
What are some of the ways that you find balance at-home?