Work and Wellbeing · 29 May 2019

How to remain productive when working from home with small children

Children often need constant attention throughout the day while you may have planned activities for them to get on with while you’re working, it’s all too likely that they will get bored or distracted and will want to find something else to do. You need to be constantly aware that your youngsters may not be doing what youd expected them to be doing.

Before your working day starts, make sure you’ve got not only enough activities planned to keep your child occupied for the next eight-or-so hours, but also additional activities in case they change their minds throughout the day.

Be flexible

In an ideal world we would be able to work fluidly around children’s naps and bursts of energy however not all jobs this flexible. If you are on a call with five other people on the line, they probably won’t want to be kept waiting while you sort out snacks, drinks, and favourite TV shows.

Try instead to schedule important phone calls or serious downtime for when you’re confident youll have some peaceful time to yourself.

Explain what’s happening

Make children aware of what’s happening at home whether it’s a one-off or a new working situation, they should know when they need to be careful of noise levels, especially if they can see mum or dad are on the phone, or if a video call is happening and they should play in another room.

It might be useful to have a few test runs? to help them learn the routine and understand when they need to let parents work. Set goals Offer incentives for your children if they let you work for a certain period without disruptions, they get their favourite food for dinner, or a movie night, or a trip to the park for example.

As long as you’re able to keep working then they get their reward, meaning it’s a win-win for everyone.It can even work if they’re just sitting on your lap watching a video while you type away, meaning you still get to spend time with them while working.

Give yourself a break

If you’re working full time from home whilst also looking after little ones, look into childcare for one day a week or more to give yourself a rest and time to focus on your work.



Charlotte Baldwin is Operations Manager at IQ Cards. IQ cards is a fundraising company that provide schools and establishments with the necessary tools to fundraise via selling high-quality and unique gifts designed by pupils. The team consist of PTA members and mothers who are dedicated to introducing more crafting and fundraising to schools.

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