Being a work at home mom things can get hectic sometimes. Trying to find a balance between being a mom, wife, work, and taking care of the house sometimes get overwhelming. I’ve read a lot of articles on working at home with toddlers. Some things worked, and some didn’t. Here are five tips that have helped me find a balance working at home with toddlers.
Let Go Of Mom Guilt
The best thing about being a work from home mom is being able to watch your kids grow, but there are going to be a time that you have to work and let them play.
Let go of the mom guilt and realize that you have to make a living and take care of your family. There are going to be good days and bad. You’re doing this for you and your children.
I want to have my kids with me, but there are times that I need to concentrate. So I have activities that I have planned ahead and can pull out when I need to. I bought the boys Playdoh Towns, crayons, and puzzles. I have a table in my office so I can still interact with them and get my work done.
I keep the playdoh towns and puzzles put up and only pull them out when I need to concentrate. I don’t let them play with them all the time because I want them to be excited and keep their attention. When I do pull them out, I can get a full hour of work time, and they are as happy as can be.
Give Them Your Time
I can tell you when I’ve worked too much and not spent enough time with my boys. They start acting out and trying to get my attention in all the wrong ways.
I start my day very early 5 AM. That gives me at least 2 hours to get my day started and some work down. Once my boys are up work time is over, and I spend the next couple of hours with them. At 1 in the afternoon, I work for another hour. Then I am done until after bedtime. My kids need my time, and it just makes life easier.
We found a nearby park that is small and fenced in, so I take my boys there around Little misses nap time. I let them run and play while I get work done. Now that school is in we have the park to ourselves, and it’s so small I can see them the entire time.
If you don’t have a fenced-in park or yard, you could get a family friend or even pay a teenager to help you supervise them. I don’t like leaving my kids with people yet, so I like to be around if my kids need me.
Dad To the Rescue
When I’m really in a time crunch, I ask my husband to help me. He takes them outside, to the park, or in the play room. It’s bonding time for them and gives me time to get my work done.
Marriage is a partnership so don’t think you have to do this alone. Talk with your spouse and let them know that you need help and what they can do to help you.
Balancing Working from home with toddlers is hard. It’s not as easy as people make it out to be. Not every tip is going to work for you. Keep trying different things.