One of the biggest challenges of being a homeschooling, work at home mom is when do I get my work done? If I want quality time with my husband, my kids, and my job, it usually means that I don’t sleep. Except . . . I’ve come up with a trick.
When I really need to get something done, we play a pretend game. If I need to work on my computer, we play office. I work on my computer and the kids “work” on theirs. If I need to read a book, we play library. The kids are librarians and I’m a patron. If I have a meeting . . . okay, it doesn’t work if I have a phone conference. Then? I break out a movie :).
The point is that once they’re engaged in the pretend game, then I can work uninterrupted for at least ten or fifteen minutes. It doesn’t buy me a lot of time, but it buys me enough to get the “little” things done.
And, that’s what works for me.
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I always go straight for the movie. (Shame on me.) Thanks for these other ideas!!
Thankfully, my little one can be easily amused with books, puzzles and small toys, but when I really need a chunk of time, I stick on a video (a Raffi concert works the best for me)!
That’s a great idea. I have the same issue. Between meals, homeschooling, showers and phone calls when do I do the dishes or the dusting?? 🙂
That is a great idea and one I suggest to clients working on their time management. When kids feel involved and included they will be less likely to resent your online work.
My husband and I both work from home, and we have a very active one year old daughter. We’re also contemplating home schooling once the time arrives. Although I don’t work in the field these days, I have a bachelor’s degree in education. PS I love your ideas about playing office. If I am on my computer, I get out the little Winnie the Pooh laptop and she has fun “typing” while I do.