How to Work From Home While Watching Your Kids
By Kate Artmann, Account Coordinator
Working from home has its challenges, especially if you have young children. You may find it difficult to concentrate or complete a project in a timely manner. Keep reading to find out how you can work effectively while still keeping an eye on the kids!
Before you begin working from home, make sure your employer knows that your children will be at home with you. It is more than likely that your work will get interrupted at some point, so it is best to make sure your boss is aware of the situation. Not only should you have a conversation with your employer, but you should also have a conversation with your children. They need to understand that even though you are home, there is still work to be done. You can even reward them for good behavior if they are respecting your space.
2. Plan Activities
It is important to plan activities for younger children in order to keep them occupied while you’re working. You could set up puzzles, games, or even virtual playdates with their friends before beginning the work day. If you have extra time, you could even create an activity jar. That way, they won’t run out of things to do. Make sure not to include activities that require a lot of effort or supervision on your end.
3. Split the Work
If you have a partner who is also working from home, you could split the work. For example, you could keep an eye on the children in the morning and your partner could watch the children in the afternoon. This ensures that you and your partner will have time to focus only on work.
4. Create Physical Boundaries when Working from Home
Even though you need to keep an eye on your children throughout the day, find a space with a door that can be closed. This will allow you to handle work emergencies without interruptions. If you don’t have a private space in your home, you could always step outside to take a phone call or send an email. It might be helpful to get some fresh air, not to mention some peace and quiet!
By doing these four things, you will be able to be productive and watch the kids at the same time. Let us know if you have any other working from home tips!