How to work from home with kids.
Working from home with kids can be so tough, trust me I know so that’s why I compiled a list of helpful tips on how to work from home with kids. I’ve been working from home for over two years now.
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It’s been quite a challenge and took much getting used to. But, honestly, it’s worth it all.
Even though working from home with kids seems tough in the beginning, you will quickly become used to in a few months IF YOU DO NOT GIVE UP. I gave up once on blogging but luckily, I saved my website just in time.
To work from home with multiple kids you need to keep a few things in mind. These work from home tips I have compiled for you are meant for you to keep them in mind during the tough times, but also to help you realize you’re not alone.
For starters, you need a work planner that’s dedicated JUST for your work tasks and is nothing related to the kids. This will help you stay on track and not get confused with anything else.
I understand completely it’s hard but the benefits truly outweigh the cons at the end of the day. Working from home with kids is not easy and I don’t want you to think it’s a breeze because a lot of challenges come with it.
Being a full-time stay at home mom is so much work and adding even more work is hard. I have some work from home tips come in handy.
Working from home with kids tips.
- First off, in order to be successful working from home, you must be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel every single day.
You need to stay positive in order to get anything accomplished. If you have a sour attitude, your children will notice it and it will greatly disturb you trying to get your work done.
Some days I don’t have a great mood. It can be very stressful to try to get all of my regular mom duties done and add a workload to my plate.
You can imagine that some days I wake up extremely unmotivated. It’s only natural to feel this way at least once in a while.
Getting into a positive mindset helps and so does praying. Get it in your mind, I CAN work from home, stay with your children, and make money.
Simple as that. Repeat it to yourself as often as necessary, if need be.
Make your child’s schedule a priority.
- Planning your work schedule is important, but you absolutely need to plan out your child’s schedule too.
There IS a way to keep THEM happy and get your work done at the same time. You just need to try and put a little more thought into it.
I think about what makes your children happy. Also, think about what keeps them occupied.
Schedules are very essential to us in order to have our life organized and get the things we want to be done, done. I ask my children what they want to do with you for an hour each day.
You’d be surprised to see how excited they get! I get to spend time with them while being able to work from home. Mom guilt gone, just like that.
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- Keep a clean home.
You need to tidy up constantly to feel better about your day. On a normal weekend day off, you like a clean home right?
More than likely if you’re working outside the home throughout the week you will clean on your day off. So, you need to take cleaning break intervals.
What I really enjoy doing is cleaning up after each “break.” My toddler still naps, so I like to clean up with her and Eva at the same time.
I get cleaning done before nap time so that I’m not constantly stepping over toys for the next hour or two. Clean your home at night, if you aren’t too exhausted or early in the morning daily before you start your work from home.
What helps to keep my living room clean is to have a storage cube in my living room close to my kid’s dollhouse. I like to pick up the room, leave it in the cube, and put all toys away when I have a little more time.
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- Plan out a fun daily activity for YOU to do with your kids from home.
I get it, work NEEDS to get done. But, spending time with your children is just as equally important.
You need to set aside at least an hour for a fun activity. I like to pre-plan my fun activities out with my oldest and she picks out what she wants to do.
We set aside one day of the week to pick it. One of the days this week was a Fancy Nancy tea party.
My kids loved it so much they want a teacup set (which I think is a neat idea!) Having a fun activity planned for the kids that they personally got to choose gives them something to look forward to every day.
We know that kids aren’t completely happy when mom is working around the clock. ESPECIALLY when they are younger.
I think it’s important to let them know just how much they mean to you. Spending quality time together is important.
Kids don’t need to be bored while you’re working.
- Outside time is super important for your kiddos daily.
I know it’s more work, but you will get used to it if you do make this schedule into a daily habit. Taking your kids outside will help them feel better and get out all of their energy.
I asked them what they want in the backyard and included it. Also, any fun activities they want to do outside is ideal.
One day, I took my girls out to our backyard for some outside time. I noticed that they kept clinging to me and not really enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.
I thought back to the day before and realized they liked having a set activity to do. Last time, they were playing with their Barbies swimming in their Barbie pools.
They eventually settled on playing tag and chasing each other around. Still, I learned that they also want outside activities that are planned out.
Planning is essential for working from home with kids.
- You need a planner system in place.
Having a home/personal planner and a work planner will help you out a ton. Get used to using one and write down any important notes of your kiddos, so that you don’t forget.
To work from home with kids, having a planning system in place will help you out SO much. I constantly rely on my planners throughout my busy day.
Before working from home, I used to rely on my planners solely for bills, items I needed to purchase, events, and appointments coming up. Now I find even writing notes on EVERYTHING is super helpful.
Let’s say I’m homeschooling and I notice my toddler is grumpy during a certain time and my oldest isn’t liking a particular subject. I always make a note of it and later on at night, I think of what I could change to make the next day better for them.
Note-taking is so helpful when you work from home with kids. Try to hold yourself accountable to actually check off the tasks that need to get done.
Plus oftentimes, we just get so busy with life! I’m not the best at remembering things and planning with notetaking truly helps.
There’s no use in a planner that’s not being used. Try to stay motivated and drink some caffeine to help get it all done!
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- When the kids are having an off day, it’s important to push your work towards night time.
Let’s face it, nobody can get work done when they’re dealing with personal issues. If your children are following you around constantly, fighting, and wanting your attention then it is very important to tend to that first.
You won’t get anything done if you don’t make time for your babies when they need you. Working at night when they are asleep will allow you to get your work done without any interruptions.
Honestly, whenever my kids have off days it seems they both have them at the same time. It’s a lot to deal with.
Usually, I will try to make the most out of the situation but what can I say, some days I will give up. Those are the days I push my work towards the night.
Working at night can be a little hard on me, for obvious reasons. I think all mothers just want to go to sleep at night when their kids are asleep!
Still, some nights are a must. Try not to do it a lot though, especially if you feel like you need more sleep.
Making time for your children is important.
- Some days kids just need their mama and there’s no other way to console them.
Picture this scenario, You’re at your computer and your toddler wants you to hold her. She’s crying and whining and just wants cuddles.
You’re in the middle of work and you know you need to get it done NOW. I’ve been in this situation more times than I can tell you.
What do you do? Basically, I just stop what I’m doing. I walk around and attempt to console her.
Once she’s settled down with another activity, I quickly get the work I needed to get done, done. Then I will finish whatever I need to get done during a few breaks I get throughout the day.
Even though my child is calm doing another activity, I do take the time to finish up the bit of work I’m doing to play with her. Obviously, she still needs my attention even though she’s distracted by her activity.
I always try and keep that in mind with my oldest too. You just know when your child needs you to also play with them.
Don’t ignore them for work because all it does is make things a little harder for your baby and yourself. You can always get some work done when they’re sleeping.
Working from home with kids requires me time for yourself.
- Make me time for yourself at least twice a week.
I know how hard it is to get ANY me time in as a work from home mom, but you need to try. When you work from home and get used to having no me time, it will very much affect your mental health.
Self-care is so important for moms. You need to do things that make you happy, unwind, and relax.
What I love to do is craft, plan, do my own gel nails, write, and read in order to relax. Some days I am just so exhausted that I’ll sit there and binge-watch Youtube videos all day.
Lately, I’ve been crafting. I like to create my own stickers, print them out, and decorate my planner with them. I use a B6 staology and I create and print my own stickers.
Feel free to check out my Etsy shop for sticker kits and sticker sheets to decorate your planner. Usually, I will come out with two new listings weekly.
I find this so therapeutic and relaxing. We all go through different hobbies throughout the years.
Still, it’s so important to take the time to dedicate to your hobbies. When you’re working from home with kids, you are seriously doing everything for everyone but yourself.
Are you a homeschooling mom, too? Yeah, you need your me-time.
It’s a must. Be kind to yourself and love yourself.
The last tip on how to work from home with kids.
- Tell yourself you can do this every single day.
Dealing with toddler tantrums and even your older child’s tantrums can REALLY get to you. I would know.
Working around the clock some days and caring for your children can really take a toll on you. But, you can do what seems impossible.
It just takes a lot of time to master it and tons of patience. Working from home with kids isn’t for anyone.
You will know if it’s for you pretty quickly. However, give yourself some time to try it out, especially if you’ve been wanting to try to work from home for a while.
Just find a way to balance life with your kids while you work. It took me a while to get used to it and find the perfect balance.
I truly hope these tips on how to work from home with kids has helped you out today. You’re so amazing, mama and I know how hard it is to work from home.
I pray God gives you the guidance and strength you’re needing right now to accomplish all of your goals. Make sure to subscribe to mrsplanahead for more working from home posts.
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Until next time,