Have Them Sit With YouSometimes, it’s not that my kids want me to dance with them or interact heavily with them; they just want to be with me. So, sometimes I’ll set up an activity for them to do next to me at the kitchen table. I sit with my computer, and I’ll give them some paper and crayons to play with. Sometimes I bring them a book, and sometimes none of that works and one of them ends up sitting on my lap while I type. It’s not a perfect situation but when push comes to shove and you have to work, letting them be close to you is all they really want.
Keep Special Toys for Your Work TimeAnother idea is to purchase a toy to give them to play with specifically when you need to work. This would be a toy that they don’t normally have out. You could even get them a small toy laptop to mimic you while you work. I’ve seen many of these toys that teach valuable skills like the alphabet and sight words to children as young as three years old.
The Almighty TVAll parents know this trick, but I feel like it’s worth mentioning, mostly because I don’t want parents to feel guilty for putting their kids in front of the TV. If you have to work, you have to work, and sometimes putting your kids in front of a movie is the only way to really focus on what you have to do. Research shows that when you switch between tasks, your productivity drops, so if having your kids watch a movie for an hour means you can get your work done and have the rest of the day to enjoy your kids, then by all means go for it.
Although these tips might not be the best case scenario or what we’d hope our kids do while we work, the truth is that it’s extremely hard to work from home while you have children. You’re not a bad parent if your kids watch a movie or play with a new toy while you work; you’re just a parent trying to do their work. It’s hard to find balance, but with the tips above, it’s definitely more achievable.