Working from home has always been a dream of mine. I wanted to be able to support my family financially while still having the freedom to go and do as I please. I wanted to be accessible to my children if they were sick or needed something. I also wanted to be able to see all their school plays, sports events and extracurricular activities without missing one.
Working from home has given me that freedom, support and flexibility I always wanted. But, there is a question I get asked a lot. What do you do with your children when they’re home? That’s easy! I have a variety of things to keep them occupied while I’m working. If you are considering working from home, here are a few tips to keep your children active while you’re getting the job done.
Get Up Early
Okay, so this isn’t while they are awake but it works for me. I get up several hours earlier than my children so I can get in a couple of uninterrupted hours of work. This allows me to get myself awake, focused, and get some caffeine in before the day starts. I try to get up at least two hours before they do so I have had solid work time before breakfast and the day starts.
While I do limit the amount of time they can play on their tablet or use the computer, this is a great way to keep them busy for a short time. You can install educational games on their tablet so they can practice math or reading while you’re working. I also like to sign them up for educational sites on the computer so they can work on skills while I’m finishing my assignment.
Take it to the Park
One way I can get work finished and they have fun is at the park. I can take my computer with me and use my Wi-Fi access to work as they are bouncing around on the playground equipment. I can keep an eye on them and also get some work done as they have fun.
Another thing that works for me is that my children love to draw and work on art projects. I can set them up on a project near my desk so they can work while I work. It’s something they can enjoy while I’m taking care of business.
Sometimes you just need to let your kids relax and unwind as well. I will put on a movie that they love and I know is appropriate for them. They will sit with some popcorn and I can take my laptop to sit with them. This allows them to have some downtime, me to work, and us to be together as a family.
Front Porch Sitting
Sometimes I just like to let the kids run around our large yard and I will enjoy the outdoors. It gives me a nice change of scenery to work, and it gives them an area to run their energy out. All of these tips have kept me sane and my kids happy while I work from home!