Many people begin to work from home after they have had children. The reasons are plentiful. One of the reasons is that they want to be there for their children in this critical early stage of their lives before they head to school.
And of course, when you are staying at home, you are not only saving a lot of money by not having to commute, you are also saving money on not having to pay for daycare or for a baby sitter. However, getting work done in the home with small children can be very hard. It is especially hard if it is only one parent that is staying home.
If both parents are staying home, then it gets a little bit easier. You are able to work and care of the kids in shifts, which makes it easier for everyone involved. Regardless of what situation you are in, you are going to need some ground rules.
Your children might be equating the fact that you are home with the being free for them. This is especially true if a parent was working at the office and then decided to start working at home. If you are in such a situation, you need to explain to your children that you are still working, even if you are no longer going to the office. This might be hard at first, but soon they will grasp this. It’s also best to set aside a part of the home where you will be able to work unimpeded. And your children will then realize that they should not bother you when you are there.
Thankfully technology can keep them busy and learning if you don’t want them watching television all day. For example, there are some great education apps for tablets that you can give your children to entertain themselves with. Tablets are sturdy enough your young kids, and you can set privacy options for protecting your children so that they cannot access any of your apps – only the ones that are deemed appropriate for them.
Managing children and work from home might be difficult, but with the right ideas, it does not have to be impossible.