Working from home with your kids can seem daunting. If you haven't been in this situation before, then it can be tricky to handle. But, it can (and will) be done successfully!
Here are our top tips for working at home with kids:
The first step in being able to successfully work at home with kids is to establish a routine that works for both them, and you.
To prevent both you and your kids from mindlessly snacking, set up meal times throughout the day. This will be beneficial for your health, as you will get some much needed time away from the computer screen, and won't be having unnecessary nibbles. You may want to prepare your meals the night before or in the morning, to ensure your time throughout the day is used efficiently.
Play time is also an essential for kids! Set them up with a wide range of toys to keep themselves occupied, and be sure to join in every once in a while.
If you have younger kids, be sure to add nap time into this routine. This will allow you some time to seriously buckle down and get things done.
Remember to be realistic with your schedule. You may struggle to fit everything that you had planned in - but that's okay!
Having a reward system with your kids is perfect for this situation. You can reward your kids for keeping themselves entertained and behaving well whilst you're at home. The positive reinforcements will motivate them to keep up these good behaviours.
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A reward chart is the perfect way to do this. Every day your child will collect stickers for their good behaviour, and at the end of the week will get a treat. Such as pocket money or a movie night.
Don't be afraid to set boundaries! You can't be there for your kids all the time, and you need to let them know this.
Explain that you will be spending most of your day working, and that it is important for you to have alone time. Reassure them that you will still be there to play with them, and that you won't be far away.
Another tip that is sure to help you out is having a dedicated workspace to do all of your office work.
You will find it hard to work if you're using your laptop on the sofa. Instead, set up a table, add a touch of desk stationery, and keep all your work related things together. It will help you get into the right head-space, and will keep your work and home life that little bit more separate!
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If you have younger kids, be sure to set up your workspace in the same room that they will be spending most of their time, so you can keep an eye on them.
For more tips on creating your workspace, check out our other helpful blog 'How to Create the Perfect Workspace'.
Ensure that you are taking regular breaks, and that you are using this time to give your kids your attention. Play a game with them, or read them a book. This will keep you both happy, and ensure that you're still having quality time together.
A 20 minute break every 2 hours will also break up your day into more manageable chunks.
Some parents really struggle when working at home with their kids, as they want to be giving both their kids and their work 100%. This is not possible!
During this period of working from home, you need to let go of perfectionism. This may mean that you do let your kids watch more TV than usual, or you let them have a few extra snacks throughout the day. This is okay! As long as you know that your kids are healthy, safe, and happy, then that's all that matters.
If you live with your partner, you should also ask them if they are willing to split the kids time with you, so that you have more time for work.
Splitting tasks will help you both stay sane when working from home!
We hope that this blog has given you some useful ideas for how to work from home with kids! Check out our other blogs for more advice on working from home, and much more.