Five Tips for
Working at Home With Kids
You can stay at home with your
children while still advancing in your career. So
how do you make it work? Here are a few tips:
1. Control your environment.
A clearly designated office
will help you stay on task. And an organized
workspace will help minimize distractions and
make the most of the limited time you have
2. Break work into
It's all about to-do lists.
When my three children are awake, I strive to
give them my full attention, though I always
have a to-do list on the table. The list just
seems to grow all day and when naptime (or
bedtime) rolls around, I'm focused and ready to
tackle the tasks at hand.
3. Make the most of quiet time.
When are you most
productive? It may be possible for you to get
work done during the day (while your children
are napping or at school), but, chances are, the
best opportunities for productivity occur when
your children are down for the night. My
workday, for example, typically begins at 4 a.m.
That way, I can spend uninterrupted, quality
time with my kids during the day and remain
4. Remember your priorities.
If you find yourself
consistently ignoring your children, they are
better off in the care of someone who is less
5. Get help when you need it.
Lesley Spencer is the
founder and director of Home-Based Working Moms.
"I think it is important to understand it is
very difficult to be a successful mom and worker
at the same time," Spencer says. "If you are
working, your children are going to need your
Of course, you can get
by with short amounts of work or phone calls but
repeated attempts to work while your children
are with you is not fair to them or you," she
says. "I feel it is best to work while your
children are asleep or at school. If you are
working more than about 10 hours a week, you
probably need outside help to give your children
the attention they need. Consider part-time
preschools, Mother's Day Out programs,
neighborhood babysitters, family or friends or a
babysitting co-op to help with your child care
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