Looking after children and having to work at the same time can be hard, not only do you miss out seeing them for a large part of the day, but if you need to get a baby sitter, it can also be rather expensive. However, if you already work from home or have the chance to work from home, there are a few common pitfalls to avoid, so that you can still work effectively and efficiently and still be with your kids, this post is in no way a complete list but should get you off to a good start:
1. Childcare shouldn’t be off limits option. If your work is really challenging and requires a lot of concentration, then turning to childcare for the solution shouldn’t be a disregarded option. By sending your child to a daycare center they will be properly kept active, active and will learn important social skills and it will be educational for them. The benefits to daycare are numerous but at the very least you will have a good amount of time to do your job without interruption
2. Make the perfect office. This may sound obvious but the chance to work from home affords you the option to get a good desk and chair, you should at least be comfortable! And this doesn’t need to be expensive, by using sites like eBay in combination with shipping sites you can find cheap couriers.
3. Help yourself by getting the kids to help you with your work– Whenever it is possible, you should try and involve your children in your work. Explain to them what you do, and let your child take part in what and help you out. Through doing this they will begin to form an understanding and appreciation of your work.
4. Use naptimes effectively. Get the most important work done and out the way when the house is silent because your children are sleeping. Try to work right through nap times. You can also get a significant amount done if you wake up an hour before your kids and work or if the idea of waking up early sounds too horrible, work for an hour after they to bed.
5. Call for in back-up. It really helps to have a helpful partner. My wife is a school teacher, so she needs to do a lot of homework herself (pardon the pun), so to make sure we are both able to work and look after the kids we take turns working at the computer while the other looks after the children. Alternatively take the kids out the house, take them to a park, or read to them, while your spouse does some work.
This is a sponsored guest post by Amar Patel.