5 Fast Tips for At-home Parents

This guest post is by Crystal of CounselorMom.

Being a parent is hard work. Parenting comes with the wonderful challenges that all of us parents know too well. Some parents make the decision to work from home, which can be rewarding in itself. However, after some time, working from home can become a little stressful if the kids are home during those hours (like me writing this post right now).

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Parenting is a full-time job in itself; try to complete work projects on top of that, and it becomes a bit more stressful. Here are five tips to help out the work-at-home mom or dad.

Go outside

Feeling the sun on your face can make a world of a difference. Take the kids outside and let them play a bit. This will wear them out, so when it’s time to go inside they will probably be quiet.

Organize your day

Treat your job working from home like you would a job outside of the house. If you can, try to schedule the times you plan to work around your child’s nap or quiet time. If you don’t have a choice in what time you work, try to find activities for the kids ahead of time so you can concentrate and focus when it’s time to work.

Get dressed when the kids get dressed

Take a shower in the morning and get dressed like you would if worked outside of the house. This will help get you in the working mood. Get the kids ready also even if you don’t plan to go anywhere. This will save time if you decide to go out later.

Stop socializing

If social networks are not part of your job, then don’t use them during work hours. Don’t check your personal email, Facebook, Twitter, or browse CNN while working. This really does take up a lot of wasted time especially when at any minute your children might need you. So put your time to good use while the kids are sane and work instead of socializing.

Find a mother’s or father’s helper

Find a babysitter, local preschool, or family member to watch the children a few hours a week while you work. This will help give you some breathing space.

Do you have any tips to offer the parents who work from home?

Crystal is a stay at home mom with a master’s degree in school counseling. She is a blogger at CounselorMom where she discusses parenting issues and household tips.

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Comments

  1. Hi Crystal,
    Great post for work from home parents. It seems ideal to work from home, yet to others it may not seem like you are really working. When I work from home on my blog I either do it when everyone is asleep or early morning before anyone awakes.

  2. Thanks Justin! I am starting to work only when everyone is asleep or when the kids are asleep, I get so much more accomplished!

    I forgot to include a tip in my post- take frequent breaks if you are working too much. If you work an hour, it is a good idea to get up once an hour and stretch because sitting so long can be bad (then that is also a good time to check your social networks on a timed break, lol!). ;)

  3. Hi Crystal,

    It was very refreshing and useful to read this post. I especially like the point about getting dressed while the kids do, coz that’s what most at-home parents miss. At the end of the day, some parents don’t get until midnight to take shower :)

    Cheers,
    Jane.

  4. When I first started working from home I had a severe productivity melt down.

    I had to create a morning routine specifically to get into the “time to work” mindset. Breakfast, exercise – all that stuff. Because without it I simply slugged around for hours before getting anything done.

    And that went on for months. Shameful, really.

    Great advice, Crystal.

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