I was working hard to establish myself as a professional while also being a daughter-in-law, wife, and mother. This is a big accomplishment because, in this stage of life, our families usually come first in everything we do.
Because working on-site was nearly impossible for me, I made a bold decision to search for opportunities to work from home. It wasn’t easy, but I had to do it!
Here starts an actual struggle. I got a job as a full-time writer, which was my dream. But it meant I had to work for more than 8 hours a day. I wasn’t by myself; I had a 4-year-old child, my husband, and his family with me.
In this narrative, I am sharing tips on how to work from home with a baby and toddler using my own experience. This will surely help all you ladies who are going through the same situation.
How to Manage Baby and Work from Home
Here are some super easy tips for moms trying to work from home with a baby and toddler:
Make a Plan Together
Plan your day with your little ones in mind. This means making a schedule that fits everyone – work time and playtime. This will help you to make your day more predictable and balance your role.
Use Nap Time Wisely
When your babies take a nap, that’s your special work time! Get your important tasks done during these quiet moments.
Create a Work Zone
Make a special spot just for work. When you’re there, it’s like a superhero zone for moms. Let your family know that when you’re in this spot, you’re saving the day with work stuff.
Fun Playtime Ideas
Keep your babies busy with fun toys or games that they can play with on their own. This gives you some time to be a work superhero.
Be Okay with Changes
Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. It’s totally fine! Be flexible and change things up if you need to.
Ask for Help
Don’t forget to ask for help when you need it. Your partner, family, or friends can step in to watch the kids for a bit, giving you time to conquer your work tasks.
Remember, you’re doing an amazing job, and it’s okay to ask for support when you need it!
Smart Screen Time
Short videos or games on a tablet can be like magic to keep toddlers entertained for a bit. It’s okay to use technology when you need it.
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Take Breaks for You
Moms need breaks too! Take some time for yourself to relax. Taking a tea break or a little chit-chat with your baby is always a good idea. A happy mom does awesome work and takes care of her family.
Do the Most Important Stuff First
Tackle the big tasks first when you have the most energy. That way, even if baby giggles or toddler tantrums happen, you’ve already rocked the important stuff.
Talk to Your Boss
If you can, talk to your boss about your situation. They might have some cool ideas or be able to help you out.
A Bonus Tip:
Sometimes, when you’re busy with your daily tasks, things can start to feel a bit boring and dull. If you’re finding it hard to make time for yourself, I want to remind you that you chose this life.
But, it’s also okay to take a break during the day just for you. You matter too! By giving yourself some time, you make your life more balanced and happier.
Another important thing to remember is that as wives, we often hesitate to share our thoughts and feelings with our spouses. We might hope they understand our problems without us having to say anything. But, it’s crucial not to keep everything inside. Sharing your thoughts, confusion, and problems with your spouse can make a huge difference. Try it once, and you’ll likely feel lighter and more prepared for the challenges of the next day.
It’s a great way to foster a deeper connection with your loved ones!