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We Can Make That

Working From Home with Kids

I’ve was working from home for almost 4 years before my son was born. He was with me a lot until he started to crawl then we found part-time daycare, mostly because I felt like I was ignoring him and felt bad.

Some co-workers aren’t as helpful as others.

As the kids got to be school age that made a new schedule to adjust too when school was out or on vacation. And not to mention sick days!

I need to find a balance of work and being a mom. I found a few ways to interact while being productive at my work. It’s not a great job if you work every time they napped, before they woke and after they went down for the day. I know.

I tried that all too! It leads to my cup not being full – and mom can’t pour from an empty cup!

Mom working at home
Mother and Daughter working together

Trial and error lead me to a few tried and true ways for a more balanced home.

One thing to keep in mind if you have school-age kids home now. They are run on a tight ship at school. They sometimes find it odd when they have so much freedom. So be gentle and take some extra time to get them going.

mom frustrated and working
If everyone is stressed it’s not a good situation.

Finding things to do that are not watching tv or on screens.

  • Work station for kids, only to use this while you work. Make it special, fun and not very often so they are entertained by it when they do get a chance.
  • Get an end roll of paper from your local newspaper for activities.
My daughter’s scrapbook page after her black eye as they were coloring on the rolls of paper.
  • Work-out videos (Wii games were great!) – you can even do this with them or use it in place of gym time.
  • Have a system for when you are on the phone or need to work without interruption. We had a hand gesture that meant, I’ll come find you as soon as I’m done.
  • Make a schedule, be sure mom/dad are present for fun and not just parenting schedule tasks. I use my planner to map out my to-do list and give them ideas of your day. I would often say, when my work list is done we’ll go rollerblading. So they were inclined to leave me alone so we play sooner.
  • Costume play. This is very entertaining for the kids. Prepare your self for lots of laugher after you drag out the tote with Halloween costumes.
Costume play is fun at any time of the year!
  • Scavenger Hunts: fun things, outside items, chores, exercise tasks or all of these ideas. Order fun sticker books off Amazon for rewards (and new things for kids to do).
  • Have quiet hour: fun snack, new books (kindle/library = free), screen time

Give it time.

It wasn’t always perfect. But being open with them on what I needed to do today helped. So many times they played great together. But I had to coach them to this. Some days it was beyond what my heart could handle (both good and bad). Here the little stinkers were playing ninja and decided it was time to steal my computer so we could all go play…. be still my heart as they will be 17 & 19 next month!

Often they found their own fun.

This is a trying time for so many and I hope these tips bring some parents kids a sense of normalcy during this time. Stay safe!

We Can Make That!


  • March 31, 2020

    I feel bad working from home because my daughter thinks I’m home to play ????

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