The number of jobs that allow people to work from home is on the rise, but for people who make a living this way, certain challenges are encountered. One of the biggest is for parents who work from home and also have to manage young children. Trying to focus on one or the other is quite a challenge, but hopefully the tips that we provide here will help you excel at both if you fall into this category.
One of the most important ways to better manage your time between parenting and working is to develop a semi-consistent routine. That’s not to say that you need to be rigid in your time slots, in fact try to be flexible about it since children often aren’t. Set up a system that works for you, such as staggering your work and play time with your child.
Mealtime planning ahead of time is a great idea because it takes away from the stress of trying to come up with ideas on the spot. When it comes to meals, especially lunch and breakfast, simplify to healthy and easy choices.
Work and Play
Trying to divide your time as evenly as possible between work and play is the key to success in this case. One way to do this is make your work mobile. If your child has a favourite park to play in take him or her there
and work on a laptop or answer emails on your cell phone while he or she plays.
Remember to also take time to take care of yourself. You won’t be able to function well if you’re too tired and worn.
Taking Care of Business
Trying to juggle working from home and taking care of young children can be difficult, but with the right techniques, you can do it. Develop a flexible schedule that works with both your business and your child.
To learn about how we can help you with this through the activities at our daycare centres near Perth, call the St James centre at +61 (08) 9358 4673, the Bertram centre at +61 (08) 9419 1844 and the Carlisle centre at +61 (08) 9472 4702.