Need advice on working from home with a toddler?
I am no expert, but I’ve been doing it for two years and have managed to make it work. Since my second son was born in 2015, I have been running my own online shop selling items that I make. It took me a little while to get the hang of working and taking care of my family and home. I am finally starting to feel like I am doing a good job at it.
Ways to Make Working From Home With a Toddler Work for You:
- Take advantage of nap time-Now, obviously this is the easiest time to get work done. For a year, Layton took two naps a day. I would get to work as soon as I laid him down. It’s easier if you make sure and have your lunch or snack prepared before laying your child done, so that you can just grab it and eat while working.
- Do house work while the kids are up– This may sound tricky, but it is still relatively easy to get basic housework done while the kids are awake and running around. I start a load of laundry before breakfast. Sweeping the floors before you get your child out of their high chair, but after you’ve collected their plates is helpful, too. Depending on the age of your child, I can now clean up the bathroom while Layton is bathing. Multi-tasking has become crucial. I’ve even seen where people put a little scrub brush filled with soap in the shower. That way during your shower, you can scrub it down quickly each time. This way there isn’t a huge gunky film to clean off of the bath tub or shower if you’re doing this a few times per week.
- Wake up early– I know that waking up earlier than your kids isn’t everyone’s idea of fun. In order to get things accomplished this needs to happen. Waking up before my kids is a great time to get my designing done. Early in the morning is also when I get a lot of my ideas for my blog or shop written down on paper. BONUS- getting to enjoy my coffee without interruptions. You may prefer to stay up late working, or you may have to do both. Night time is when I devote time to myself and to my husband. I try not to work at night if I can help it.
- Have a Plan– When I started working from home, I also started using a planner. I found a great little one at Michael’s and used their coupons to save a ton! I sit down a few times a week for 5-10 minutes each time and plan my days ahead. The things I write down for each day do sometimes change. It helps me so much to have written down what needs to be done in my business and at home.
- Be Flexible- As I type, my toddler is sitting right up next to me asking me what I’m doing 500 times in a row. He hasn’t always been this well behaved and allowed me to work while he’s awake. Now, if he is content playing with something, I can just take my laptop wherever and work. If I try to work in my office, it doesn’t work out to well, but he is completely satisfied with me working right beside him.
- Designate Time for Yourself– Working from home can definitely leave you feeling burnt out. Make sure and take time to play with your kids and to take care of yourself. During the day, I still spend hours playing with my children. At night, I have my “me” time and get time with my husband. Don’t work every second you are “free” or you’ll get burnt out and quit.
You’ve got this!
Get out there and get on your grind.
I hope this helps you keep the sanity,
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