Spending time with your kids is a fun and rewarding experience for any parent. If you happen to have a job that allows you to work from home, such as a writer, programmer, or Medical Transcriptionist, you’ll be able to see them even more! Maybe even a little too much.
How can you hope to get any work done with your kids running around the house screaming their heads off? It can be tough to deal with both worlds at once when they take place in the same space.
But fret not; it can be done!
How to Manage Working From Home With Kids
Here are some ways to manage your kids and work at the same time.
Have a Conversation with Your Kids
Assuming your kids are old enough to understand you–not infants, of course–sit down and talk with them before your day starts. Let them know that you’re going to be working and that you need them to give you some time to get it done without any distractions, like running, yelling, fighting, or, hopefully not, breaking anything. Make sure they’re going to be occupied (preferably with something quiet) while you work, like games, playing in the backyard, reading, watching TV, or doing homework, if they have any. If they are still doing school online because of the pandemic, they’ll likely be up in their room working from computers as well.
Get Some Fresh Air
Once you’ve put some hours into the day, a good way to refresh your brain is by stepping outside for some fresh air. Take a short break and enjoy the sunshine for a bit, or even bring your laptop out onto the porch and work outside for a while. Alternatively, this would be a great time to give your kids some attention so that they don’t get too rowdy. Take a lunch break with them a day or two a week, and ask how their day’s going. Even better, eat outside on the porch to get the best of both worlds!
Buy a Pair of Headphones
When your kids are being loud and cars continue to honk and zoom past the window, it can be difficult to focus. One way to combat this is by slapping a good pair of headphones around your ears! These can be noise-canceling or even used to play some light music or white noise to drown out the sounds of the day.
Get Help From Your Partner
If your partner is also working from home or is a stay-at-home parent, this makes things much easier. They can deal with the kids for a good part of the day and make sure they’re behaving, or if they are working as well the two of you can trade off on checking in on them. This is a good compromise for couples needing to stay on task.
Setting boundaries and rules with your kids will make your life much easier, but kids will be kids. They get loud, they make messes, and they crave attention. Sit them down and make sure they understand that when you’re working you can’t be disturbed and tell them what you need from them. There are plenty of advantages to working from home, but also a handful of disadvantages. You’ve just got to learn to take them in stride and be grateful for the opportunity to work from home at all. Use these tips to make the process easier and save yourself a headache.