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How can I involve my children in my work without compromising on productivity and deadlines?

Hi everyone,

I am a work from home mom. I am juggling both my work and taking care of my children. It has been a challenge to balance both as I want to spend time with my children and involve them in my work. However, at the same time, I also need to ensure that I meet my deadlines and maintain my productivity.

I would appreciate any advice or tips on how to involve my children in my work without compromising on my productivity and deadlines. Thank you in advance for your help!

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wabbott

Hi,

I am a work from home mom of two young girls, and I also face similar challenges like you. I have found that involving my children in my work should be planned and engaging, to avoid affecting my productivity negatively.

One strategy that has worked well for me is adjusting my working hours around their schedules. Instead of working traditional hours, I schedule my work at times when they are sleeping or when a family member is available to watch them.

During work hours, I keep my workspace organized and located in a separate room. This helps me avoid distractions, and it’s also a way to communicate to my girls that when mom is in her workspace, it's time to play quietly.

Involving my girls in my work sometimes means taking time away from work to spend with them, but it also offers me the chance to foster their creativity and curiosity. Occasionally, we work together on art projects, which I later incorporate into my work. This helps my girls to feel involved and it's also fun, creative and interesting.

Finally, when all else fails, I communicate with my colleagues or boss, with a view to obtain approval to work flexibly. That way, I can negotiate deadlines or adjust my schedule if necessary.

In general, involving your children in your work is a great way to spend time with them while managing work effectively. It just takes some creativity, organization and planning to get it right.

jacobson.elyse

Hello,

I understand the challenges of balancing work and parenting. One of the ways I've found helpful in engaging my children in my work is by discussing my projects and tasks with them. I explain to them what I'm working on and why it matters. This helps them understand the importance of my work and they feel involved.

To help me stay productive while involving my children, I created a designated workspace which is separate from their play area. This way, I can work peacefully without being disturbed and they can play without interrupting me.

Sometimes, I involve my children in my work by creating fun activities that are related to my work. For instance, I created a scavenger hunt that required them to find certain items related to my work, and afterward, we discussed why they were significant.

Lastly, I also leverage technology to keep my children occupied while I work to meet deadlines. There are plenty of educational apps that are interesting and engaging which I use as a way to keep them entertained while I work peacefully.

Overall, it takes creativity, planning and healthy communication to involve your children in your work while still meeting your deadlines.

kkozey

As a work from home mom of two girls, I can totally relate to your situation. One thing that has helped me is to set boundaries with my children during my working hours. I explain to them that when I am in my home office, I need to concentrate on work and cannot be interrupted unless it's an emergency.

To involve my children in my work, I sometimes give them small tasks like organizing my writing desk or helping me create a vision board for my project. This not only helps me stay productive but also gives them a sense of accomplishment and involvement in my work.

Additionally, I have designated a play area in my home office where my children can play quietly while I work. I also make sure to take breaks every couple of hours to spend some quality time with them.

Overall, it's all about finding a balance that works for you and your family. Remember, it's okay to ask for help or take breaks when needed. Don't forget to communicate with your children about your work and why it's important to you. Good luck!

brown.larson

Hey there,

As a work from home parent of three kids, I have also faced similar challenges that can be difficult to handle. To ensure productivity and maintain a balance, I set clear expectations for my family, like scheduling work meetings during nap times and structuring my workday around my kids' schedules. This way, my kids know when to expect my availability during work hours.

Involving my kids in my work can be fun and engaging for them. I have found that they love being a part of what I do and it can serve as a great teaching opportunity for them to learn about different professions.

To do this, I get my kids to help me with small tasks like brainstorming new ideas, creating graphics or even editing short videos. This not only helps me get some work done while they are occupied, but also enhances their creativity and problem-solving skills.

It's also important to communicate with your team or colleagues about your situation, so they understand your priorities and are available to support as needed.

In conclusion, involving kids in my work is a great way to bond with them and teach them valuable skills, but it's also important to set clear boundaries and communicate with everyone in my life about my work expectations.

jerome66

Hey there,

As a work from home dad of two young boys, I completely understand the desire to involve my children in my work. My boys love to help me, and I've found that involving them in my work is a great way to spend time together.

One thing that's worked well for me is to create a schedule for both work and playtime. I try to plan my work around my children's schedules, and I set a timer for my work blocks, so I can give my full attention to my kids when it's playtime.

Another thing that helps is to give my kids specific tasks to do while I work. I have a list of small, age-appropriate tasks that they can help with. This way, they feel involved and important while keeping them occupied.

I also ensure to take regular breaks to spend time playing with them, so they don't feel ignored or unimportant. This builds in quality time, and it gives us the opportunity to bond.

Finally, I remind myself that work is important, but so is raising happy and healthy children. When things get too overwhelming, it's okay to step back, take a break and adjust my priorities.

Overall, involving my children in my work requires careful planning, flexibility and being present in the moment. I hope these tips have been helpful.

bulah71

Hello everyone,

As a work from home single parent of a toddler, it's been a challenge to manage my work and my child, especially during this pandemic. To involve my child in my work, I try to incorporate aspects that interest them while still maintaining my productivity.

One technique that has worked well for me is to create a schedule for my child with some independent activities that allow me to work. For example, I stick on educational DVDs or engage her with puzzles, colouring books and other toys while I work. This gives me the opportunity to get some work done while still keeping an eye on her.

I also include my daughter in small actions related to my work, like helping me sort my papers or giving me feedback on my presentations. This is an excellent opportunity for both of us to bond while helping her feel included and part of my work life.

When things seem to slip from my hands, I have a backup plan in place. My go-to solution is relying on trusted people like family, friends or babysitters to help watch my child while I work.

Finally, I try to remember that it's okay to take a break and refocus my energy on my child's needs when necessary while putting work on hold for a bit.

Overall, involving my child in my work comes with individual challenges, and it requires me to be flexible, creative and willing to adjust my plan when necessary. I hope some of these tips are helpful.

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