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I feel like I am truly lucky to be able to make a living working from home in my own one-woman online business. One that doesn’t feel like a business. Of course, there are some aspects that are frustrating. The constant interruptions, just a single example. But really, what makes it difficult is also what makes it a blessing. I get to spend time with my kids.
Now, I could take the serious route when it comes to business, as business should be serious. It would be wise to focus on areas like sales funnels, return on investment, or a master data management strategy. There are other things to consider, however, when bring your kids to work day is every day. I want to be sure to include them.
Kids in business? It could be a recipe for disaster. However, kids are probably better at business than one would think. And I don’t mean just a lemonade stand.
If you ever find that you’re stuck for an original idea, all you have to do is ask a child. What comes out of their creative mind at first may consist of unicorns and dragonflies, but in the midst of their expansive tales may be just the answer you need. Along with a new way of looking at the bigger picture.
And if that doesn’t work, then they’ll at least offer a laugh and a chance to clear your head.
Instead of fighting it, bring the kids into your daily work schedule if you can. Let them shuffle papers, organize in their own way, and scribble notes. I’m not saying they’re growing to replace you in the next conference call, but kids can be a great soundboard.
What happens when bring your kids to work day is every day? It took me awhile, too, but it turns out that these 5 Fun Ways Kids Can Help is what makes our days working from home with kids so special. In fact, with the littlest assistants it may not seem like work at all.
Working From Home? 5 Fun Ways Kids Can Help
Bounce Ideas – Like a ball going back and forth, every successful business needs a soundboard to bounce ideas off of. Kids can offer new perspectives that you may not have ever considered before.
Scribble Notes – Not only is note-taking a great way to remember what needs done while helping the child work on their handwriting skills, but a child’s handwriting is just cute and happy to look at.
Clean Office – Even the youngest of kids can pick up, sharpen pencils, and may be able to organize papers. If not, just hand them a pile of scrap paper and let them do the best they can to file in order. It should keep them busy for awhile at least while you get the company.
Time to Play – It’s not all about work. Deadlines will be met, emails still sent, and contracts will be there waiting. Take a break, clear your head. Kids are great at reminding us that we need play time, too.
Get Involved – Whatever your job entails, find little ways the kids can get involved. Is photography a part of your job? Let the kids snap a few shots, too. Number crunching? Kids can break out a calculator with you. There’s always something.
How do you bring the family into your work days? Find more of our parenting tips at Our Kid Things!