As a work at home mom / blogger, I have my hands full trying to manage the home, children that are at home during the day and my websites and blogs. It can be very frustrating at times. My youngest is two years old and requires a lot of attention. Sometimes, as a little princess, she DEMANDS my full attention. But for the most part, we get by pretty well with some basic managing and organization.
We usually have plenty of time for mommy/daughter interaction but on those days when there are deadlines and traffic exchange members needing my attention, I have to be on the computer for several hours at a time. Creating boundaries when working and interacting with my daughter while working is actually easier than you might realize.
1. Create a “work” area for your child.
Children like to imitate their parents. So I set up a station right beside my desk, sort of a mini desk, filled with papers, crayons, coloring books my daughters toy laptop and toy cell phones. This way she is able to pretend to work the same as me.
2. Create a play and snack area for your child.
I have a TV in my home office just for my children. I can wear headphones while i am working so it doesn’t distract me but I love having my children near me. This is why I chose to work from home in the first place, right? Even though I have the play work station set up, I know that it won’t capture my childrens attention forever. So I also have the TV area set up like a mini entertainment area. Nothing fancy. Just some soft kids chairs and TV trays so they can nibble on some popcorn or fruit while they watch a movie. In the corner of this is a bin with a few quiet time toys. (Books, plush toys, etc.)
3. Take breaks!
Even when you work from home, you get breaks throughout the day. This shouldn’t be any different when you are a work at home parent. Schedule 15 – 30 minutes to take a break. Have a snack with your child or a small picnic lunch in the floor. If it is nice outside, have a picnic in the yard or take a short walk for some exercise. You and your child will be happier with a little sunshine and some time together.
4. Stay organized.
With your home office, staying organized and having everything in its own place will not only keep you sane, it will also give your child room to be with you and teach them to effectively run their own office and home in the future.
These are just a few of the things that work for me. I hope they work for you too!
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