Tuesday, June 27, 2017

10 places to work ‘from home’ and also entertain your kids


When I’m on a work call and the person apologetically says I might hear their child in the background — usually because they’re home with a sick kid — I want to weep with joy.

“I get it! I totally get it! In fact, my kids are on the other side of my office door right now — crayoning notes that say ‘Can we ples play Wii now ples and thack you?’”

I’ve been working from home — with kids — since 2010, so you might say I have seven years’ experience in typing quickly while shouting.

Sometimes it feels like the rest of the world is working in a “real” office free from sticky fingers and demands for more snacks. But the reality is that a lot of other professionals need to work from home occasionally.

Their kid’s too sick for daycare or their babysitter cancelled, they lost the coin toss with their spouse and here they are — struggling to make calls or respond to emails while making grilled cheese and slicing grapes.

It’s usually after a day or two of working from home — with kids — that friends send me the how-do-you-DO-this-every-day text. They claim they can’t get anything done because the kids are so distracting, and it does take practice.

I’ve learned, however, that it’s all about location, location, location ...

Where do I work "from home" when I have the kids with me? Continue reading in my weekly parenting column, The Mom Scene ...

2 comments:

VICTORIA BARNES said...

Awesome post.. work from home and I've had to get creative because it's constant playing. Now I just automate my business and cut out phone or face to face interactions. Now I answer emails and close sales that way or either my google ads brings traffic to my business.

Victoria Barnes
Virtual Motor Agent, MCA
www.discountmotorclub.net

heaveasigh said...

There have been many times in the last few months where I wanted to send you a how-do-you-DO-this-every-day text!! Great post :-)