A good portion of the population is starting to work from home. Everyone imagines the perfect life while working from home, but there is a lot more to it than one might think. As a mom, you must learn to prepare meals, clean the house, watch the kids, and focus on your job, all while working from the comfort of your own home. How do you get started? First, find a work at home job.
What Do You Do With the Kids?
Children are always a blessing but they can sometimes disrupt our daily goals. When working from home with children, disruption is something you have to get used to. For example, you may have certain work plans for the day but your children completely change them by making a mess, needing attention, or just plain being onery.
Tips For Trying To Work While Your Children Are Home With You
Child care is always an option, but that almost defeats the purpose of working from home. Other possibilities include:
- Enlist older children or grandparents as part-time sitters.
- If you don’t have an older child who can help out with younger kids, try to swap child-care time with a friend or neighbor.
- Talk to your husband and see if there is a time he is willing to take over child care – maybe bed or bath time? Every 30 minutes helps!
- Work with your children to find a schedule that works for both of you. Sometimes, just making a little extra time for play will help.
- Train them to recognize an emergency need for Mommy vs. a need to ask a question that can wait.
- A timer can help both of you. Children can learn to wait for 15 minutes and you can learn to stop and give them some attention. Then you can be fully present with whatever you are doing and they will have confidence that you will give them time when the timer goes off.
Homes are meant to be messy, but moms always feel guilty about a little clutter. Working from home, and keeping a house clean is a struggle. You should know that your home will never be 100 percent perfect, and you need to let some of it go. Have the children pick up a little around the house, get into the habit of picking up a little at a time, and watch how things simply fall into place. Don’t be so hard on yourself! Make sure you take time to allow yourself to relax after hard day of working and caring for others.
If you don’t take a little bit of time for yourself each day there is a good chance you will become unhappy and grouchy. That won’t help your job or your family. There’s also a good chance that you will go on a binge of whatever you like to do – watching, reading, sleeping; and then your schedule will be really de-railed. Scheduling some “me time” daily can prevent a mommy meltdown.
Errands & Play Dates
Depending on the age of your children, you may have a hard time scheduling events. Working from home allows for a flexible schedule but it may also be hard to get things done. Running errands and driving kids here and there can become difficult. Try making a schedule each day to help your family stay on track and less stressed out.
Stressed out about the laundry? This book has some great tips and tricks to help you get it under control:
Get Organized and Roll With the Punches!
It can be tough to work from home and raise a family, but with a little advance organization and a lot of flexibility, you can do it! It takes a lot of self-control and self-discipline. Are you ready for the challenge?
How do you stay sane while working from home? We would love to hear your tips!