Balancing Your House Work & Children While Working From Home

by WorkFromHome on September 19, 2011

You may be working from home in an effort to not only make money but also stay involved with your children. Like many mothers and fathers working from home or in offices across the country, though, you may feel overwhelmed by trying to balance the demands of caring for your family, growing your business or career and taking care of your house. When you are doing it from home, the stress can be even worse than if you were working in an office since you will have to come up with your own way to compartmentalize the three in order to satisfy the needs of all three areas. Read on for how you can get started juggling the different parts of your life without dropping any of them.

Start A Routine And Stick To It

From newborn infants to middle-aged adults and even senior citizens, we all do best when we have a routine that we can rely on. When it comes to your children, you can start getting them used to a routine when they are babies and then adjust it for things like shorter nap times and the inclusion of preschool, play dates and other activities as they get older. As your children adapt to a routine you can be confident that they will be happier, knowing that meal times, play times and nap times will be the same every day and, as a result, behavior problems will decrease.

A routine for your children means that you can count on being able to work at home during the times that they are on a regular play date or napping. Knowing that you have a set amount of time every day to do your job should make it much easier for you to enjoy your time with your family as well as to focus on your work when it is time to do so.

It Is Okay To Add Some Help To The Mix

Sure, you could try to be a super mom who is a full time parent and employee without any help, but it is more important for you and your family to be happy and healthy than it is to have bragging rights at the next Parent Teacher Association meeting. If you are married then you and your spouse should be working together to care for your children and your home.

Older children can also be a great help when it comes to household chores and even taking care of your younger kids. Taking on ownership of a household chore as an older child or teenager is a great way to empower your children while teaching them responsibility. Below is a list of some chores that you may want to consider for your children as you assign household work to family members.

  • Making their beds each day
  • Drying the dishes after dinner
  • Dusting non-breakable items in the house
  • Watering the plants
  • Folding laundry

Learn To Live With Some Dust

No one wants to live in a pig sty but you need to be able to accept that some days you may not get all of the items on your to-do list without feeling like a failure. Learning to prioritize what matters each day and what you can live with is a critical part of being successful as a parent working from home. You may find that you are more confident that you will be able to get your work done while caring for your family if you use an actual “to do” list to keep track of what you need to do and when it needs to be done by. Mark down whether each item is critical, when it needs to be done by and then order your tasks for the day every morning.

Start To Say No

Whether you need to back out of the bake sale at your church or gracefully decline a request to increase the number of hours that you are working from home, knowing when and how to say no rather than automatically accepting unwanted assignments is a crucial part of staying sane while working from home.

Of course, if you cannot say no to something, such as caring for a sick child or parent, repairing a broken household appliance or tending to your own health, then you also need to learn to ask for help. If you are not married or if your spouse is already overburdened, then it is vitally important that you build a network of support to help you. Your network can consist of other relatives as well as friends. Colleagues and professional acquaintances to whom you can refer work that you cannot handle are also important parts of your support network.

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