Mother with baby at home

MISTAKES MADE WHEN WORKING AT HOME WITH KIDS

Working from home with the kids around can be very challenging, especially if they are little. Each

day that passes the line between family life and work seems to fade. We just want 5 minutes to
make a quick phone call or to send a quick email.

What are we doing wrong, why won’t our kids let us work?

Here are 6 common mistakes made when trying to run your business from home with small kids
around.


TRYING TO SNEAK AWAY


Many of us have tried this. Sneaking out of the
room when the kids are not looking. It might
work for a minute or two but it doesn’t last long.

Kids will come looking, wondering where we
are and if we are in the cupboard on a call be
certain they will want to know who we are
talking to and why.

We shouldn’t necessarily announce every time
we leave the room but wondering in and out
will make it seem normal for them.


We don’t always have to be there watching our
kids as long as they are safe. For the more
nervous, using a baby cam to keep watch
works wonders.


GETTING TOO INVOLVED


It is easy to sit and play and entertain our kids
but when it comes to stepping away, leaving
the room, even to go to the toilet this can
sometimes be challenging.


We want to be involved but we also want some
time to ourselves to make a quick phone call
or respond to an email or order.

Ensuring to encourage kids to play
independently is essential, both for their own
development and also for our sanity.

No child likes it when we mess up their tower,
so we should leave them too it and take a step
back.

Build independent play into our daily routines
and use the time to get some work done.


HIDING WHAT WE ARE DOING

We are trying to work, why do the kids keep
trying to get involved?

Kids of all ages are curious and it is only
natural that they will want to know what we are
up to. Especially if it involves new and
wonderful things they have yet to explore.

We shouldn’t be afraid to show them what we
are doing. They might find it boring and loose
interest quickly.


It might also spark a new love of phones,
laptops and technology, who knows.

Finding time to allow kids to explore will mean
when it’s our turn to have a go, they are more
likely to sit back and just observe what we do.


TRYING TO DO TOO MUCH

With the kids at home we now have even more
things on our to do list. How are we supposed
to get them all done?

Simple answer, Don’t!! We can’t possibly do
everything we want to, there simply is not
enough time.

This is when deciding what is important and
what is not is essential. Assessing what needs
to be done today, tomorrow and what can wait.

Having a strategy will help ensure we stay
productive, do what needs to be done and
don’t get overloaded and burnt out.

Delegation is a great tool that enables us to get
things achieved, without wasting our valuable
time.

If the kids can help, don’t be afraid to get them
kids involved. They might love it and it takes a
task of our to do list.


GETTING STRESSED

We are all stuck indoors with our kids trying to
lead a ‘Normal’ Life. Getting stressed, who
does it help?

Often when we get stressed, so do our kids
and this causes and endless cycle that usually
ends in shouting. Staying calm is key!


Trying to remain positive and not show our
stress and frustrations can actually change the
whole dynamic of the household.


The children will be calmer and more content.
Less clingy and happier to explore and play
independently.

This giving us some much-needed head space
to get some work done.


MISSING OPPORTUNITIES


Wish we had more time to get things done?
Throughout the day there are many
opportunities that are often missed or
overlooked.

Here are some examples of times when we
could be getting a little bit of work done.

When children are having TV time, this is the
perfect time to get some work done. They
might not move off the sofa for half hour so get
the laptop out.

There will be times when you can sit back and
relax while the children explore outdoors. This
is a great time to get inspired and get typing as
well as getting a sun tan.


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