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5 Tips to Save Your Sanity: Working At Home With a Toddler

Posted on 14 November 2008

Working from home can be a challenge, with all the distractions to contend with. However, what if you have a pint-size toddler to take care of and still meet your deadlines? Here are some tips to keep everyone happy:

Enlist Some Help

If you have a big deadline and need time to write, consider hiring a babysitter for a few hours or having Grandma take your child out of the house for the day. This can be a lifesaver when you need to focus on the task at hand.

Work at night or early morning

By now, you have an idea of when your child will go down for bed and when he’s going to get up. Take advantage of this free time and get work done. Also, if your child is still taking a nap, take advantage of that time.

Have Some Tricks Up Your Sleeve

Toddlers are forever getting into things and need lots of attention. Have some tricks up your sleeve to keep your child entertained. A big box of toys in the office will work or put them in their highchair with juice and a snack. This will give you at least a few minutes.

Keep Your Cool

You may be working on the computer, when a container of pencils crashes to the floor or your toddler finds the stack of mail and starts going through it. This is one of those times you may want to give up on working. Patiently clean up the mess or take away the object and get them busy working on something else.

Plan Work for One Day a Week

If you find it’s too hard to fit in work when you are home with your toddler, consider working one day a week, such as Saturday, when your spouse is home or a relative can provide babysitting.

With a little creative thinking and a lot of patience, there are ways to get stuff done, even with a little one to take care of!

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Resume Tips says:

    Excellent tips, especially number one. Never underestimate the power of “enlisting some help.” Believe it or not, childcare is not as expensive as you may think. Hiring a nanny will pay off simply because you will be more productive. Increased productivity equals increased income. You really don’t have to “do it all.” Get some help — it will make life easier!

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  2. Candy says:

    That would be a pleasant tip for us home based working mom. Our child really the big hindrance on not pursuing the deadlines on time. It made me angry and have pity on my toddler after wards, but now its okay. I hired nanny to let things fixed, like washing the dishes, fetching my child to school. Big help, nice idea.

  3. Debbie says:

    You shouldn’t try this unless you have eyes in the back of your head. But if you’re reading this, you probably do. All parents grow them. It’s biological.

  4. Emana says:

    While NickJr has some high quality toddler programs these days, I think this is the best solution, we certainly don’t want to let our TV become the babysitter just so we can get some work done. we need to have a great plan to keep our toddler entertained but also to keep him healthy and our own sanity intact. That is why we are working at home to do one at a time, taking care of our toddler and earning extra money to survive. :)

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