Working at Home with Kids

User - posted on 11/26/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi! Really hoping to find some good ideas on how to entertain a 1-year-old and work at the same time.

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Lisa - posted on 08/19/2010

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As a work-from-home mom of a 3 year old and a 17 month old for the past 3 years, I'm always looking for new ideas too! It's certainly not EASY to do, but it is without a doubt WORTH it to do!

I have found keeping a "To-Do List" by my computer HELPS! As a mom it's so hard to keep to a strict work schedule, because with young kids, something always comes up! Now, whenever the kids are playing I can sneak a few minutes of work in by peaking at the list.

Keeping a box of toys that you pull out ONLY when you work is a great idea. Switch up the toys regularly (they can be things around the house/kitchen). This should keep a 1 year old occupied for awhile.

Best of luck and congratulations on your work from home business!!

Stephanie - posted on 12/02/2008

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I have an 11 month old, and I teach classes on line for a local CC. Her room is right next door to our office. We put a gate up at the end of the hall, so she only has access to her room, the office, and the guest bedroom (that only has a bed in it). There are toys both in her room and the office. I just let her play and get as much done as I can while she plays (and naps). I also have a laptop in the kitchen that I occasionally use to get work done while she eats (she self-feeds).

Heather - posted on 11/30/2008

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I have a 2 year old and 4 year old and am always looking for ideas as well - especially in the winter. I use a laptop for most of my work so I try and do different activities in differet rooms to keep things interesting. In the summer its great to take the laptop outside and they can play in the sandbox, swingset or water table. In the winter I rotate toys constently so there is always something "new' available. I try to avoid TV or movies unless I really need a solid 30-60 mintues for a conference call or project deadline. I try and plan a couple of 30-45 minute activity outside the house in a week like a story time, trip to the library or the park to break up the day. My 2-year old really likes crafts and these are a few that require limited supervision -- sprinkle a small amount of powder kool aid on paper and let child paint with brush & water, play dough with a variety of tools (though modeling clay doesn't harden so I find works much better), coloring with crayons, finger painting with food such as pudding is fun - though I have had walls covered in pudding!, all of the crayola no mess products work well. Couple of other ideas: throw a blanket over a couple of chairs to make a "fort" and put a flashlight and couple of books or toys in there. Plastic kitchen spoons and plastic bowls for mixing - I sometimes give some of the twist-top spices (ones she won't be able to open) for pretend cooking. It is not easy, but well worth it. Good luck!

Becky Sue - posted on 11/30/2008

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I have lots of toys and activities! Not to mention DVD's like Baby Einstein, Leap Frog (word wammer, etc), Blues Clues and yes some Teletubbies. I use the DVD's when I need serious time. Otherwise, reality is I have to work during nap time or evenings. Otherwise it is a challenge! I have 2 girls, so they are starting to play together, but it is still hard - they want some attention. Take breaks and give them 10-15 mins here and there .. it will take off some of the stress.

Jenny - posted on 11/26/2008

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I work from home with a 15 month old and a 4 1/2 year old (she goes to school 1/2 day though). It is really hard to get much done w/ baby though. I either have the older one play with her and get some done or wait for her naps. Occasionally, I have to get a babysitter (1 day a week for a few hours) to get stuff down and keep my sanity!! GL

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