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How to work from home … with kids!

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 3, 2012 | Categories: Guest Posts, Working at Home

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Sometimes, even though we’d love to say our job is ‘being a Mom’ it’s not always possible, some of us simply have to go back to work. Now, some of us are lucky enough to combine work with looking after the kids (some say lucky, some say crazy) but just how do you make working from home really work for you when you still have to look after the kids? Check out our top tips to help keep your sanity.

  • Get up early or stay up late!
    And we mean really early. This tip isn’t always the most popular one but as with working late, it’s much easier to get things done when the kids are asleep. If you prefer the working late option make sure you say goodnight to the kids and get straight to it – don’t be distracted by the TV!
  • Make a To Do List
    Never underestimate the power of a ‘to do’ list – if you do end up being dragged away from your work a ‘to do’ list will help you to get keep on track when you get back to it.
  • Act like you are in an office
    Just because you are working from home doesn’t mean you can take a break every 5 minutes – stick to a schedule that includes a lunch break. This also works for office wear, if you drop onto the sofa wearing your pajamas it’s highly unlikely that any work is going to be done. Cue a day in front of the TV.
  • Take a time out
    Don’t completely ignore the kids as that’ll leave them constantly vying for your attention, leaving you unable to get any work done! Schedule in fun breaks that’ll give you a rest and stop the kids from getting bored.
  • Send the kids to Grandma
    Your parents and your partner’s parents can prove invaluable in times of need – if you have a stack of work to do and the kids are bored, ask for a little help. Let them enjoy a day with their grandparents whilst you get your work done.
  • Don’t be afraid to let them play alone
    As long as you’re around to keep an eye on them, let them play on their own for a while. Sit them on the sofa and pop their favorite DVD on, instant silence!

This guest post was written by Kathryn Thompson, on behalf of a Jobs Today, a UK company that specialize in finding jobs in Northampton.

17 Responses to How to work from home … with kids!

  1. I totally agree with this, I worked for Corporate America out of my home for seven years before I was a blogger, I had to be very task orientated!

  2. Kathleen says:

    Great tips! I use the first one a lot, it is easier to get more work done that way.

  3. Kelly says:

    Great tips. It really is a juggling act working with kids but I’m glad that I can be at home too.

  4. HilLesha says:

    I have been doing it for 6 years, and it can be a bit trying at times, but somehow I’ve made it work! 🙂

  5. I *wish* I could send my kids to Grandmas …. but that takes a 5 hour road trip!

  6. Colleen says:

    Good tips. I would love to work from home I’m just not much of a risk taker.

  7. Courtney says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  8. Great post. I don’t have little ones at home now, but I had a thriving ebay business for years when my son was young and I couldn’t agree more.

  9. Thanks for the great tips!

  10. toni says:

    These are great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  11. working from home with kids I can relate thanks for tips

  12. Lolo says:

    I hope to be able to use the tips some day.

  13. debra says:

    Great tips! I’m always up working late!

  14. I’m working hard to start that whole getting up early thing. I used to be so good at it!

  15. Jenn says:

    Good tips. I totally take advantage of grandma, DVDs, and late nights!