If you are a mum and you are lucky enough to work from home, you have the best of both worlds. You have the children and the paycheck – there is no one else caring for your brood.
One of the biggest challenges for work at home mums, however, is that the kids are always there. It is hard to get a break
Try a few of these tips to ease your new job into your family life.
1. Have an Office
Designate an area in the home as your office and do not let the kids into that room. The kids need to understand that you have an area where you make money and you cannot tend to them. Of course, this only works with older kids, but the designated area will help kids understand when Mum is working. Implement a rule where the children are not allowed to disturb you if the door is closed. This means they cannot knock on the door, call your name, or try any other methods to grab your attention. Be sure that they understand the consequences if they break this rule.
2. Break Up the Day
If your job allows it, take a longer break during the day. At breakfast each day, talk about what you will do with your break, then do it. Perhaps you will paint or go on a picnic during your lunch break. The kids will have something to look forward to all morning! Of course, the plans give you leverage – if they do not allow you to work, the plans are revoked. Enjoy a morning of full work, an extended break for family time, then an afternoon of more money making from home.
3. Work When They Work
If the kids attend school, work during that time. You will finish a great amount of work while the kids are out of the house. If there is no school, assign them fun little tasks to complete while you work. Under the constraints of the “don’t bother mommy in her office” rule, your kids should stay active and productive while you do the same.
4. Consider an Allowance
Show them why you work. Give them a mini payday so they understand why you work so hard. Visit the Internet with them and show them what they can buy now compared to what they can buy when they save. These simple money lessons will help kids understand why you must work. Additionally, remind them that if they bother you, there will be no money for allowances. A gentle reminder as to why you are doing what you do will go a long way.