I'll say this straight up... working from home with kids is BLOODY TOUGH!
There are days when all you'll think is "if I can just make it to nap time without losing my temper, slipping on discarded food or scrubbing crayon off the walls, it will be a miracle and I can get some work done." Then when you DO finally make it into that silent moment of tranquillity, you are devastated to find your work phone in the toilet and your paperwork decorated with illustrations of goodness-knows-what pink and yellow scribble.
But my darling, you're not alone! Sooooo many women are choosing to work from home these days and their jobs range anywhere from small home-based business owners, to crafters, party plan consultants and even those who have been brave enough to negotiate working from their home office and reporting in to their head office each day.
And WHY have the majority of mums chosen this option?
Well, it's the amazing flexibility that it gives us so that we can be at home with our children and families but still contribute to the family income. It allows us to keep one foot in the workforce but also be there for all of the important milestones for our little treasures. Some days, working from home is a miracle and a blessing. Other days, not so much. Holy moly, I've experienced BOTH.
Working from home with kids is a major balancing act and it requires an awful lot of organisation and determination, which our children seem to understand beautifully and respect totally and completely #shitparentsDONTsay
The good news is, that there are some things that you can do to ensure that you are able to have the best of both worlds. Happy, calm children AND a booming business. But like anything, it is something that you must set up and trial, refine and persist with.
Here are some things to try:
Above all else, just remember that children are the most important part of your day. They will still be there if and when your job is not. Work with your kids' schedule and be willing to be flexible. Be honest and upfront with them about what you're doing and why you're doing it. Some days it will work like magic and others, not so much.
Teach by example and be the best mum for them and the best worker for you. Working from home with kids can be joyful.
It's all about planning hard and living easy! #PlanHardLiveEasy