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Working From Home with Kids – Possible?

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Alan Klein is Home Office Careers Chief Marketing Officer and he has been helping people fulfill their potential and achieve success throughout his own long career.

So many mothers dream of working from home while taking care of the kids. But is it possible? Its important to remember that working from home is not a childcare solution by itself. The majority of remote jobs require a quiet area, dedication, time and focus. Your children require supervision, attention, and around the clock support.

So how do you get to have it all!? The key is balancing your life between your job and your kids, just like if you worked at an office. Here are some hints to help you succeed!

    1. Have a babysitter for a few hours a day: Chances are there is a young girl in your neighborhood that would jump at the opportunity to make a few extra bucks! Then make sure you use your time wisely.
    2. Keep to a schedule & daily to-do lists: Make sure you know exactly what you have to accomplish that day and then schedule your time accordingly. Your kids will quickly adjust as long as you stick to your schedule. Put the times on the wall just like a classroom. Then correspond their schedule with your schedule. If your kids stay on track so will you!

Schedule Example:
Kids – (Me)
8:00 Play Time – (Emails)
9:00 Reading – (Research)
10:00 Snack
10:30 Outside Time – (Reports)
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Nap/Quite Time – (Phone Calls)

    1. Nap time: Don’t underestimate the power of a nap! Make sure your kids have a specific time to nap every day. If your kids are older, this can simply mean an hour of quiet time (reading, journaling etc.)
    2. Ask the grandparents for support: Pick a day that your kids get to spend with their grandparents or other extended family member. If you know you have every Monday free, you can make sure to schedule phone calls, meetings, or other important tasks on that day.
    3. Collaborate with your partner: Working as a team can help you succeed! Let your partner know how they can support you. A big mistake many work-at-home parents make is assuming their spouse knows how hectic it is to juggle the kids, the house, and a job! Make a list of three things that would make your life easier and ask your partner for support.
    4. Take the laptop to the park: After spending so much time in your house you may want a change of scenery. Out of the house activities can be extremely beneficial. Find a park that has Wi-Fi, take the kids with you to the library, or find free community events for them to attend. Anywhere your kids can play while you work is a great escape! No Wi-Fi access? No problem! You can work on Word documents or Excel spreadsheets without an Internet connection. You can also compose emails to send later when you are back in Wi-Fi range.
    5. Make a designated play area & work area: Your work area and the kids’ play area should be separate (if at all possible). Make sure the play station is as creative as possible so your little ones stay mentally stimulated. Ideas could include; dress up station, games, creative activities, books, blocks, music, art supplies and more! Then set boundaries. Sit down with your kids and explain to them the difference between the play area and the work area.
    6. Avoid background noises when working on the telephone: If your work at home involves speaking with clients or customers on the telephone, they should not hear the kids, the dog barking or the TV in the background. If necessary, select a time of the day when the kids are no home or are napping to make those calls.
    7. Swap time with another mom: Do you know other moms that work at home? Look to your community for support!

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