How To Work Remotely As A Busy Parent

Working from home can make it much easier to parent your children but parenting your children can also make it hard to work at home. Striking the right balance takes time and patience, but once you’ve established a routine you’ll hopefully find it much more rewarding than working from an office.

Try Finding a Parent-Friendly Job

As you probably already know, some companies are more family-friendly than others. If you are unhappy with your current employment or searching for work already, try to find an employer that is understanding and accommodating towards working parents.

Look for companies that use keywords like flexibility, vacation time, and parental leave. These companies are more likely to have put thought into how their policies impact families. You can also look for jobs that specifically cater to stay-at-home parents. SAHM Jobs Center manages a list of remote jobs for working stay-at-home mom.

No matter how well you set boundaries with your kids, unexpected situations will inevitably come up. It is best to work for an employer who understands that.

Set Boundaries and Stick to Them

You may be at home, but that doesn’t mean you are not at work. Make sure your family fully understands not to bother you while you are at work.

This may be really difficult for young kids to understand. It is useful to have a literal boundary in place so that your kids know, “When the door is closed, we cannot bother mommy.” If you do not have a separate room to work in or want to still be able to keep an eye on your kids while working, consider putting down a tape boundary. That way they know they cannot cross the line.

It will take time for your kids to understand that you cannot always pay attention to them, even though you are at home. If they try to get your attention while you are working for a non-emergency, gently let them know that you are working right now and that you will pay attention to them later.

Do not cave to their cute little faces or teary eyes. Inconsistent rules and boundaries will confuse your kids and they will think that the rules do not always apply. Instead, reward your children on days where they respect your working space and be consistent with established consequences for inturrupting your work.

Consider Hiring a Mother’s Helper

If you find that you cannot focus on your work because of your kids, it might be time to hire a mother’s helper. These not-quite-babysitters are a godsend for working stay-at-home parents. They will enforce your boundaries for you so that you are not the bad guy, and they will keep your kids cared for and distracted so they are less likely to bother you in the first place.

Mother’s helpers tend to be younger and less experienced because you will still be there to handle any serious problems that come up. This makes them an affordable option for families that cannot afford a nanny.

Being a working stay-at-home parent is difficult and tiring, but also rewarding. You get to be present for your children’s biggest milestones, and you get to earn an income all the while. Taking these few steps will ensure your stay-at-home work experience goes as smoothly as it can.

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