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Work From Home with Kids Tips
So, how ya hangin in there? I know, I should have gotten this post up weeks ago but I hope it’s not too late to save a bit of your sanity with a few work from home with kids tips I’ve gathered while working from home with my twin toddlers.
I never really saw myself as a work from home mom. And honestly, I wouldn’t say that it’s all it’s cracked up to be. It’s stressful just like any other work situation as a parent. But you make your way through it one day at a time, and you learn along the way.
There are plenty of ups and downs to working from home as a parent, as I’m sure by now you can see for yourself. It’s a lot. And I’ll leave it at that.
I kind of fell into it when I decided to start Twins and Coffee.
As I’ve shared before, I started Twins and Coffee while struggling with depression during the early postpartum period with my twins after a suggestion from my husband and it grew from there. My little hobby website turned into a profitable business and it has become my full-time work from home job.
With that, I’ve had a few years now to navigate working from home, and the many challenges it puts forth. Hopefully your work from home job doesn’t involve trying to do a photoshoot with irritated twin toddlers. Because that shit is NO fun at all, lol!
Work From Home with Kids Tips
- Start here. Seriously. Click that link and read my quick guide on how to make a routine for yourself that works for YOU and serves YOU. I take you through how to establish your weekly goals, where to find time for yourself in your routine, as well as how to adjust when the week goes haywire.
- Give yourself some Grace. Starting a career where you work from home with kids is hard. It is a serious adjustment period. You’re not going to knock it out of the park on day one, week one or maybe even month one. Give yourself Grace during the transition period.
- Teach your kiddos how to become independent. This article provides some great resources and tips for doing so. Obviously younger toddlers and babies cannot become independent, but you can start young by encouraging independent playtime, quiet time, ect.
- Utilize screen time smartly. I have a few posts regarding educational apps and shows for toddlers, and when it comes to the older kiddos, a quick google search will give you some great resources for keeping them occupied while you make important calls and bust out some solid work.
- Switch the load with your partner. You can’t be expected to take care of the children 100% as a work from home parent. It’s just not possible or fair. If your job allows, get flexible with your hours. Work when your spouse is home, over the weekend, however it ends up fitting into your life.
- Workaround the kids routine. Get important, interruption-free work done in a chunk before they wake up, during nap or quiet time, and then after they go to bed.
- Invest in age-appropriate learning toys/activities. There are so many resources on this subject suggesting what to purchase or create for your kids based on their age. Do a quick google search and keep them occupied as you work from home with kids!
- Cut out chores during the week. This was a huge game-changer for me. I used to go by a “stay at home mom” cleaning routine. And well, that just doesn’t cut it as a work from home mom. The two moms are not one and the same. Time is spent differently. Don’t waste your time that you could be getting serious work done cleaning the microwave. Save that crap for the weekend.
Working from home with kids is tough. But you will find your groove and figure out how it works in your family!
Best of luck of there mamas!