Updated: Feb 17
Raising kids and working from home all depends on the type of job that is required to be accomplished while at home. A more flexible job that would allow time for frequent breastfeeding for example with a newborn may be possible, but a job that requires a time clock scenario may not be a suitable job to do while kids are present. Here are 7 tips for working from home while raising kids. What has your experience been? Please feel free to ask your questions or concerns in our FORUM section. I will be happy to help you!
“It is therefore important with all work from home situations, to ensure that flexibility is available."
1. FLEXIBILITY IN SCHEDULE
Flexibility in your schedule is a must when considering working from home, especially with a newborn. A typical employee in this scenario may be required to be logged on the computer and showing proof of productivity while doing so. This will limit your ability to take care of a newborn while working from home unless you can work night hours while dad may be able to take care of the baby. It is therefore important with all work from home situations, to ensure that flexibility is available. That may entail you working without much interruption when the baby takes a nap or goes to sleep at night. If the work requirements, however, involve you being logged on for a set period of time like a 9 to 5, then that situation will be less favorable with a newborn or even smaller kids.
2. HAVE A SET ROUTINE
Having a set routine is key in getting work accomplished while at home. For example, if productivity is a major key in your job description, then having a routine schedule is definitely a must! The first goal is to get your newborn on a schedule. The earlier you establish this the better it will be later on. Babies actually thrive more when a routine is established, than having no routine at all. It also helps to create a smoother environment for the transition from activities of play, rest, meal-time, etc. The sooner you establish this routine, the easier it will be for you to work in between the baby's schedule with fewer interruptions.
Being organized is key in becoming more effective as a work from home mom. Organization sets the stage for great productivity especially with kids around. Get tools that can help to make the organization easier for you. Post-it notes, for example, are ideal for jotting down reminders, lists of things to be done, tasks, etc. Planners also offer a great way to keep organized as busy moms. The more organized you become, the better it is for you to manage your time well and get more work accomplished. There are different planners available for meal preparation (FREE Mommy Inspired Meal Planner), home organization, financial planning (Mommy Inspired Financial Planner), etc (Click on the links for access to planners available on our website). For Post-it Notes, get different colors so that you can personalize them to specific activities, for instance, blue for work/business related, red for grocery/shopping, etc. Have a few stacks around as well so that you can have reminders readily available to get your day going.
4. WORKING SHIFTS WITH DAD
If there is flexibility in both schedules, then working from home can be accomplished with Dad's or older sibling's help as well. Depending on the time requirements, mom can watch the kids in the day and switch to working in the evening hours or vise versa whatever may work for you and also the flexibility of the schedule. If both also work at the same time, then alternating lunch breaks and mini-breaks can open up time to check on the kids, etc. Take a look at your situation and make the best possible adjustment to facilitate your working schedule and hours, while at home. Another great idea is to get up earlier in the mornings before the kids awake to get halfway through the workday, take a lunch break for breakfast with the kids, or Dad can do that task, then ending work earlier so that you can prepare for dinner and get to bed on time to maximize on sleep needed.
5. HAVING ITEMS THAT CAN HELP
Make sure to have items that can help you to transition with work from home responsi