Tips for Working At Home with Kids

Working with Young Kids:

  1. Routine is Essential
  2. Work around children’s natural schedules
  3. Set Expectations (with partner and children)
  4. Plan How You’ll Handle Interruptions: Examples: Mute Calls, Tell Clients You’re Having a Technical Difficulty,  Tell Clients the Truth (everyone’s in the same boat),
  5. Use Quiet Communication Tools (Sign on Door, Closed Door, Wait until I’m off the Phone, Signal for Emergencies, What is an Emergency)
  6. Set up Space Next to You (a makeshift desk/office)
  7. Set up nursery or play pen next to you (bouncy seats, baby swings)
  8. Have plenty of Quieter toys/Activities
  9. Allow Healthy Virtual Distractions (age-appropriate dance videos and music, Virtual visits with grandparents, friends)
  10. Use white noise/noise cancelling headphones/soft music
  11. Be sure to reinforce positive behaviors from your children. Each “thank you” and “great job” goes a long way.
  12. Work in Chunks if possible (including tasks at night)

 

If you deal with clients or set hours (babies, young children)

  • Have an emergency plan: the mute button, expressing you need a moment for technical reasons, be honest (everyone is aware of worldwide changes and most people are very patient). I’ve heard babies, dogs, children, televisions, etc.
  • Work on children’s schedule as best as you can (chunking tasks if possible, communicating with clients during nap time or while nursing)
  • Work in chunks of time if possible
  • Snuggle/work with your baby often when/if possible
  • Use alternative methods of communication when possible: email, messaging apps or texting
  • Use audio monitors or volumes turned down low enough for you to hear, but clients remain unaware
  • Use white noise or noise cancelling headphones while working