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From: MaryW
Date: 05-23-2006, 06:00 PM (1 of 2)
Five Tips for Working at Home With Kids,
by Susie Cortright,

You can stay at home with your children while still advancing in your career. So how do you make it work? Here are a few tips:

1. Control your environment.
A clearly designated office will help you stay on task. And an organized workspace will help minimize distractions and make the most of the limited time you have available.

2. Break work into manageable chunks.
It's all about to-do lists. When my three children are awake, I strive to give them my full attention, though I always have a to-do list on the table. The list just seems to grow all day and when naptime (or bedtime) rolls around, I'm focused and ready to tackle the tasks at hand.

3. Make the most of quiet time.
When are you most productive? It may be possible for you to get work done during the day (while your children are napping or at school), but, chances are, the best opportunities for productivity occur when your children are down for the night. My workday, for example, typically begins at 4 a.m. That way, I can spend uninterrupted, quality time with my kids during the day and remain relatively rested.

4. Remember your priorities.
If you find yourself consistently ignoring your children, they are better off in the care of someone who is less distracted.

5. Get help when you need it.
Lesley Spencer is the founder and director of Home-Based Working Moms. "I think it is important to understand it is very difficult to be a successful mom and worker at the same time," Spencer says. "If you are working, your children are going to need your attention. Of course, you can get by with short amounts of work or phone calls but repeated attempts to work while your children are with you is not fair to them or you," she says. "I feel it is best to work while your children are asleep or at school. If you are working more than about 10 hours a week, you probably need outside help to give your children the attention they need. Consider part-time preschools, Mother's Day Out programs, neighborhood babysitters, family or friends or a babysitting co-op to help with your child care needs."

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User: MaryW
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From: LoveSewin
Date: 05-25-2006, 05:59 PM (2 of 2)
Great article! I have been working at home since my first dd was born. I own a print shop and am able to do quite a bit from home to support the people at the shop, such as typesetting, graphic design, as well as our books. Both my dd's have been raised in this environment and adapted quite well! Of course I have to sometimes get things done when it might not be convenient for them, but I am also available to volunteer at their school and am home almost everyday after school. I think the trade off is worth it.... I might not be able to sit on the floor and play with them all day, but at least I am here! They seem to be well rounded individuals, no worse for the wear :dave:
User: LoveSewin
Member since: 01-31-2006
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