Toddler holding on tight? 5 tips for working at home.

If you’re a work-at-home parent, you know how tough it is to get any work done. Especially if you have babies or toddlers. Here are five tips to help you weather the storm.

1. Don’t expect to get any work done. That’s right. Expecting to get anything done can make you resent your child. Be patient and understanding, and consider it a lucky break if you get anything accomplished.

2. Get help. Hire a mother’s helper, get part-time daycare, swap babysitting with another parent, or bribe your family. Sometimes I have my daughter go to her grandparents’ house for just a couple of hours (naptime works well for everyone).

3. Have fun diversions tucked away, and bring them out only when needed. Toys or DVDs that your child hasn’t seen in a while will occupy her for precious minutes.

4. Don’t sleep when your baby sleeps, contrary to popular wisdom (unless your body leaves you no choice). Use those quiet moments to take one thing off of your “to do” list.

5. ‘Work’ with your child. Give her a spare keyboard and mouse when you’re on the computer, or some crayons and paper when you’re writing. Set her up at her own ‘desk’ while you’re at yours, and the two of you can go to ‘work.’

Have any suggestions you’d like to add? Please let me know. I’m always looking for ways to make working and mothering…well…work!

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53 Responses to “Toddler holding on tight? 5 tips for working at home.”

  1. Heather C says:

    Hm.. these look familiar, LOL.

  2. Daniel says:

    You are so right. I often hope that my son enjoys some more minutes in his early afternoon nap, so I have some time writing for my blog. But…

  3. I love this top 5 – I work at home it it all rings true.

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  9. Lori says:

    With a 7mth old myself, I related all to well to the tips. Keep them coming!

  10. Theda K. says:

    Hi Heather, RT, Daniel, and Lori! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I hope my tips were helpful, and please feel free to give me some of yours. We work-at-home parents need all the help we can get!

    Lori, enjoy these pre-toddling days, and get as much work done now as you can.

    Heather, you have a child older than my 22-month-old, right? Any words of wisdom?

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  14. #1 is the best of the bunch. Thanks for that.

  15. Theda K. says:

    Andrea, I tell myself #1 ALL the time. LOL. Repeat it like a mantra. Try to make yourself believe and understand it. I work at it everyday…it’s hard, though. Don’t let my list fool you…it’s something I aspire to.

    Thanks for commenting!

  16. Susan says:

    Great tips! I work from home too, and can SOOOOOOOOOOOO use some good tips. thanks

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  45. Number 2 is excellent advice! Too often, busy moms are afraid to ask for a little bit of help.

    Thanks for sharing a great article. :]

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  46. These are great, thanks for the tips 😀

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  47. Number 1 is so true. I never really expect to get anything done when the kids are around.

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  48. It really varies on the child. With our first child I could do things on the computer whilst they drew and with the second it was much harder. Getting a babysitter was fun for the kids and it gave me a bit of time to do my own thing.