For parents being able to work from home would be a dream come true, at least that is what it might seem on the outside. However; a lot people don’t stop and think that working at home with a child, especially one that is of the preschool age could be a bigger job than they might have first believed. If you don’t have the proper balance you are not going to be successful at either. So here are a few steps you can take to help be a successful parent that works at home.
If you have not yet taken the job working at home this will give you a great opportunity to get yourself prepared to work at home with your child. Even if you already have the job, it’s OK, you can still follow this tip. You need to sit down and carefully look over the schedule that your own preschooler has. Take a few days out of your schedule and watch your child and his or her personal behaviors and things that he or she does during the entire day. This will give you an idea when you can get the most work done and when your child is going to need your attention the most. Knowing these things will make it easier for you to plan your own schedule that you will need to follow.
You need to understand that working at home with a young child is not going to allow you to work for long periods of time like you would be able to if you were working away from the home. So it’s a good idea if you plan to work in shorter blocks of time. Plan for those blocks of time to be anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes long. This will give you the opportunity to check on your preschooler each time and give them some attention as well. This will also ease your mind and those short blocks of time you are working will probably be more productive than long periods of time you try to work only to be distracted by your lack of focus and constant interruptions by your child.
Make sure that you also have a laptop that you can conduct your work from and not just a desktop computer. This will enable you to be able to move your work wherever your child might be at the time. For instance if they are out in the yard playing, there is not need to worry about them being a lone if you go outside with your laptop. By doing this, you’ll be able to look after your child and still get some much needed work done.
If you job has got deadlines and you must have a certain project in by a certain time, it’s a good idea that you get yourself an egg timer and set it for the time the project is due. Then you will need to explain to your child that the two of you can play as soon as they hear the buzzer on the timer go off. Your child will more than likely respond to this kind of explanation than a long drawn out adult explanation. Once the timer goes off, stick to your promise and go play with your child. Continue doing this and your child will quickly learn when to be able to expect your attention and when they shouldn’t expect it.