Many parents would like to work at home so that they can continue to support their family while also spending more time with their children. However, many people find that the reality of working from home when children are present is more difficult than they thought it would be. Juggling both work and caring for a child can be more than many people can handle.
There are many things you can do to make this balancing act work if you feel like you would like to work from home while caring for your baby (or other small children). Here are a few things you can do to make working from home successful while caring for children:
Create a Realistic Schedule
When you have a baby, you aren’t going to be able to get as much done as you would if you were working alone. You won’t be able to schedule yourself to work from 8 to 5 every day and then expect it to actually happen. You need to be more realistic with your schedule. Know that you won’t be able to work for long stretches of time uninterrupted. Plan for that.
Work around times that you know your baby will be occupied, such as during regular naps or during visits with family and friends. Try to schedule time that is dedicated to work, but be realistic when setting those times so that you’ll actually be able to work during those times.
Even the best schedules will be derailed when you have a baby. As much as you’d like them to eat and sleep on a schedule, they just don’t. Even if you’ve gotten your baby used to a schedule, teething, developmental spurts, and illness can derail that schedule – and your working plans. Develop a contingency plan for your work should your baby become sick or should have a day where he needs more of your attention and care. If possible, build time into your week for “make up” if such instances arise. Read more →