how can I keep my little guys busy while I am working at home ?
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Julie - posted on 07/20/2010
I have a 4 year old special child and a 2 year old. They make it pretty hard to work from home, but I've learned to work around them. Some days I have to work while I'm doing things with them, but who doesn't love a conference call from the pool! My son will do short activities, while my daughter is more hands on. She likes to sit on my lap while I'm working! I try to make my son part of it. He "works" with mommy. But most of the time, I wear them out so they nap!!!!! : )
Kylie - posted on 07/20/2010
I understand your plight totally. Im a work from home mum too & have twin 5yr old girls to entertain as well, it can b a stressful juggling act. But at my girls age, they are getting old enough for me to be able to set up activities they can do for short periods unsupervised. I also have put them in preschool 2 days of the week for a school readiness program, as they will be starting kindergarten next yr.
During the day, i suggest u set a routine that includes some down time or quiet time when your little ones can have a rest period after lunch, this can be your work time. If theyr a bit older like mine and no longer have a midday nap, just let them rest on the lounge watching a favourite movie, this will give you at least 1hr of productive work time per day. explain to them that rest time is mummys work time and you cannot be interrupted, (unless of course its an emergency! lol). My girls now know that if I shut my office door, i am on the phone & they need to be quiet.
Some days it works beautifully, some days my house looks like a tornado went thru it, but u get that! trial n error.
Elizabeth - posted on 07/05/2010
I'm with Nicole on this one. I don't know how many kids you have or what their ages are, but I agree with Nicole. Children need constant attention and it's close to impossible to do ANYTHING without the constant nagging. Lol, just try a mommy helper. It really should be low cost because you will still be there. Hope this is helpful. Good luck :-)
Jessica - posted on 06/16/2010
Art projects, a special activity a day (something they can look forward to [simple, of course], and then maybe "feel" like they had their fun with mommy already), play dates with other kids...good luck!
Vicki - posted on 06/16/2010
LOL the only time I have to work is when my 16mo is napping for a hour a day. Then its late at night and weekends when hubby is home. Not easy by any means. IMO working from home moms with no babysitters are the most tired of all!! LOL