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6 Ways to Work from Home around Toddlers

Child cryingBalancing work and life is a challenge for most parents. That challenge is even bigger when you’re a virtual assistant working from home. Now, you have to find a way to keep your clients happy, entertain your toddler, clean the house, do the laundry, and market your VA business. Fortunately, there are ways to work from home around toddlers that don’t involve losing your sanity. Here are six tips to help you do just that.

Write down your child’s schedule.

While your child’s schedule may fluctuate a little day from day, it can be helpful to write it down. You don’t have to be super detailed or break down your child’s schedule into fifteen minute blocks. But if you have a list of the activities your child does every day, then you may begin to see short chunks of time where you can sneak some extra work in. For example, if your child always watches an educational TV show at 2 pm, then you know that you can schedule a small amount of work during this time.

Do your most important work at nap time.

Toddlers need frequent supervision and can easily get themselves into trouble. That’s why it’s best to schedule your most important work during nap time. Many virtual assistants that have toddlers use nap-time to their advantage. You can use this time for conference calls, client projects, and other important work-related tasks.

Have a play area near your office.

Even if you’re just working at the kitchen table, pick a spot nearby and turn it into a play area. Keep your area close by so you can look up from your work and see your toddler. Childproof this area and put plenty of age appropriate games and toys in it. Depending on your child’s age, you can use a playpen or safety gates to create this space.

Keep an activity kit ready.

Some days, work emergencies come up and you need a way to entertain your toddler for a few minutes while you deal with it. That’s why you should keep several activity kits ready. You can create an activity kit yourself with items that are likely to excite your child. For example, you could put together a box of ‘dress-up’ clothes, art supplies, or pots and pans. Then bring out one of the activity kits when you have an emergency and need a few extra minutes of work.

Take a break to play, too.

One of the best things about working at home is getting to spend time with your toddler. Be sure to take frequent breaks to play with your child. Your child will be quieter and happier after some mommy playtime and you’ll be able to go back to your desk with renewed energy.

Build in some me time.

Mommies need breaks. Don’t be afraid to take a long lunch or pause to watch the latest episode of your favorite TV show or do some relaxed networking. If you don’t relax, you’ll feel frazzled and both your child and your clients will sense your stress. That’s why it’s important that you take time for yourself.

Toddlers can be a handful and working with them under tow can be difficult. With a little preparation and organization, you can manage to balance both your clients and your kids so you can create the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.

About Stephanie Watson

Mom | Wife | Virtual Assistant | Content Strategist
Stephanie has been working from home for over 20 years as a virtual assistant, template bender, and content writer. She's currently transitioning to business coach. You can learn more about her at her website http://www.barrypublishing.com.

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