The demands of work and family are enough to put a strain on anyone. But when you have a work at home job, it’s even harder to juggle the needs of your family with the responsibilities that go along with your job. Here are some great ideas for making it work.
Don’t Fire Your Babysitter
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you don’t need a babysitter. Keep several babysitters numbers in your cell phone for times when you simply can’t give your full attention to your child. These may include:
- Trips to the office supply store
- Impromptu summons into the corporate office
- Last minute client meetings
- Rush reports that require your complete focus
Stop With the Guilt
>Being at home all day doesn’t mean you should be playing with your child on the floor for 12 hours. Your needs and the financial needs of your family are important, too. So stop feeling guilty when you can’t break away for an afternoon at the park or a Monday visit to the museum. You’re living real life and in real life, compromises always have to be made.
Some kids play by themselves better than others. Parents of only children sometimes face bigger challenges in getting their kids to entertain themselves instead of constantly needing a playmate in the form of mommy or daddy. From the beginning, try to foster a sense of self-reliance in your child. Here are some methods that will gently guide your child:
- Allow them to be bored without stepping in right away to entertain them
- Provide plenty of toys they can access, assemble, and put away by themselves
- Make quiet time natural. Don’t constantly have the television set on in the background.
One final note: Take advantage of nap time by giving yourself a break from work. Both you and your child will feel more rested and ready to face the challenges of the rest of the day.