Do you even TRY to work while your kids are awake?Subscribe
I am lucky enough that the kids are in school so I am able to get work done while they are gone. Once they get home I settle them in with snack and homework and that buys me at least another hour to get things done.
I also work a bit once they are asleep as long as I am able to keep my eyes open too.
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I find it nearly impossible to work on my computer while he is awake. He gets into stuff that he shouldn't. But it's ok to do a few short phone calls and some housework. When he's awake, it's best to spend fun time with him - that's my resolution to the problem.
My tots will usually let me work for an hour or two at a time. They know that if they cross a certain line, I'll restrict their activity, and they are pretty well-disciplined most of the time. When they were younger, I routinely put them in their "pen" to play for an hour at a time, but now (since about age 1.5), they do fine having free range in the house or in the backyard (with me working at a window where I can see them). They will get quiet and say "shh" when someone is on the phone and are pretty good about respecting work equipment / papers and such. I still have to keep one ear focused on them, but I can get work done.
I'm not really sure whether I did anything to bring about their cooperativeness. They have always been fairly calm and aware of rules. I am pretty consistent about enforcing the rules - a repeat offense results in having to "sit" for progressive periods of time; fighting over a toy results in the toy being taken from both; stuff like that. Another thing I do is communicate clearly about what I expect, and what they can expect (e.g., I need to sit here for x minutes and you need to play outside, then we will do y), and follow through on what I say.
It does get easier!
As a mother of 6 ranging from 3- 19 I have had the fun of learning to work throught all the differant stages of childhood.
i personally like to work for long streachs of time..get me from point A to b with no interuption please, However that is not how it has worked out wtih my crew.
Now that the youngest is in preschool it is amazing how much I can get done in 3 hours!
Befor that though we had a routine...breakfast together then 1 hour of TV while I got basics done then we read together and got dressed. Went for a morning walk, snack, then I would get 30 minute of work time while the lil ones played by my desk. Then it was time to get older kids from school, nap time ( which I take with them for the first hour) get an hour of work while they(babies) finished their nap and I assisted the older ones with homework and did a lil bit of work myself.
2 days a week I paid my older daughter for 1.5 hours of baby sitting ( I have gf who pays the 12 year old next door to come be a mothers helper while she works at home...great afforable arrangment)
The after the kids where in bed I did a few hours of work.
I do perfer it now...3 hours in the morning, totally devoted mama during the day and 4 hours after their in bed.
I just work (blog) throughout the day. Not to say I am not getting up every 3 minutes to tear up a fight or change a diaper or whatever... I do my reviews at night when the kids are in bed, so I can think!! That is my time. Yes, I have become quite the night owl, HOOT HOOT
When my son was very little I only worked when he was asleep. I used to get up at 5 or 6 am to get a few hours of work in the morning. Now he is in school most of the day, and when he comes back I let him play some wee to get more done.
I can turn my back on my 13 month-old a few times a day for maybe 20 minutes at a time. But I have to keep an ear out for which room she is in and what she's playing with. I've got a brand new start-up business that really demands about 60 hours/week, so right now I'm just not sleeping. Oh, I nap with her during the day sometimes. And I may catch 3-4 hours at night. But, ladies, there could be a train wreck on the horizon. It's not healthy, I don't think...