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Entertaining Children While Working From Home

Working From Home with Kids
Working is hard. Parenting is hard. Parenting and working at the same time? Sometimes it’s pure madness!

Working From Home with KidsWorking is hard. Parenting is hard. Parenting and working at the same time? Sometimes it’s pure madness. Before my baby was born, I managed my workload effortlessly. My three-year old spent the majority of her day at preschool, and the house was silent. Things seemed pretty simple. Though I still occasionally felt like there just wasn’t enough time in the day, it seemed consistent with the motherhood I’ve grown to know.

Once the new baby came along, things were different by still manageable. I worked my schedule around my baby, and my oldest attended preschool and daycare. Life moved on, and I found my groove. But when I became a small business owner, life changed overnight. I no longer had the luxury of clocking out, or being “unavailable” at certain times.

I now work at home—with both my children. How do I manage?

Lots of flexibility, patience, and multi-tasking.

I wake up around 4:45 a.m. to work out. I either walk a few miles, or I head up the street to Power Hour at Title Boxing. When I start the day with exercise, I am able to have a clear mind, and I feel refreshed by the time the girls wake up.

Lately we’ve been hanging out in the garage. I plug in my laptop and accomplish some work while my five-year old plays in the driveway. She rides her bike and scooter, plays with pennies, and draws with chalk—all before noon. The baby sleeps well outside, too, for much longer periods than she does indoors.

Taking the time to multi-task and keep them entertained in the morning allows me to be more flexible with the remainder of the day. If I’m lucky, I’ve completed most of my work by noon. I then fit in bits and pieces that aren’t as urgent throughout the day until my husband comes home from work. I cook. I clean. I sit down and eat dinner with my family. And oftentimes I work until the wee hours of the morning, only to wake up bright and early to do it all over again.

It’s exhausting.

It’s stressful.

I love it.

I get to grow my very own business, while spending as much time as possible watching my little ones grow. I wouldn’t change a thing! How do you entertain your kids when you need to get things done?

About the author

Cyndi Wright

Cyndi is a full time Wife, Mom and Entrepreneur. She works hard to balance Faith, Family, and Career, all while making time for herself in the process; and encourages other parents to do the same!

  • Jana | Merlot Mommy

    This is one area where I’m still working to figure out the balance! It’s so hard to get work done when the kids are around!

  • That has got to be so hard. I can’t imagine.

  • Jen St Germain Leeman

    It sounds exhausting! And it sounds wonderful too. I’ve always worked outside the home and there have been times when I’ve felt like I missed out on a lot. I still have dreams of working from home by the time she’s a teen. I know she won’t “need” me like she did when she was little, but she’ll need me in different ways and I’ll need to keep tabs on her!

  • Katie

    We have worked from home since our son was little so it is routine to us now, but it can be difficult when you are just starting out for sure.

  • Maria Iemma

    I worked from home for a year and found it difficult to keep the kids from thinking that Mom was available to them because I was in the house. Fantastic tips for a real conflict

  • Tatanisha Worthey

    This is something that I tend to struggle with when my kids are home during breaks and summer. Thankfully it’s not every day or I would pull my hair out! When they are home I try to get up early as mentioned and work late.

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  • Molly Campbell

    I hear ya! I work full time from home, and luckily when work is slow I can hang out with my kids, but we frequently hit the combination of work is busy so mom is busy + it’s winter and nobody wants to be outside… which basically ends up meaning we watch tons of TV. And some days it wears on me! I’ve also found that if I can plan one new activity, it helps – it gives him something new to do during the day and buys me some time to work. And the baby is pretty easy for us, he’s 7 months old and still sleeps most of the day!

  • Angela Todd

    Taking my kids to my library job was much worse than working from home. It sounds ideal, and it was…. but not really. Doing neither thing 100%. Working on my own biz, I at least don’t feel the GUILT of being half-assed, or worry about what my coworkers think. As my kids have gotten a little older, I can work at Barnes and Noble while they browse, and I’m trying to groom them to help, haha. Great piece!

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