By Stephanie Foster
Iíve written a few simple rules to help you deal with the
reality of working at home with young children. Your day may
not go exactly like this, but at times it will probably come
1. Start your day by telling the kids you are going to be
working. Make sure you have enough time for last-minute
demands, such as the urgent need to play ďjust oneĒ game of
Chutes and Ladders.
2. Remind kids of when they can disturb you while you work.
ďNo, wanting a cookie is not an emergency.Ē ďYes, you can tell
me if the cat is on fire.Ē
3. Remind husband of when he can disturb you while you work.
ďNo, thatís not an emergency either. Give me a back rub after
Iím done working and weíll talk.Ē
4. Chase cat out of home office.
5. Clean up dishes from around computer. Take to kitchen and
remind everyone they are supposed to eat in the kitchen, not
6. Get cat out of office chair and put outside.
7. Get toddler out of office chair and send to Daddy. Close
8. Hear toddler pounding on office door. Find teddy bear
behind computer and give to toddler.
9. Start working.
10. Hear kids arguing in hall just outside your office door.
Remind them to be quiet for you. Try to get them to stop
telling you their side of the story. Send kids to husband for
11. Take a deep breath. Get back to work.
12. Husband knocks on door to ask when dinner will be ready.
With great restraint, remind him that itís his night to cook.
13. Try to remember what you were doing. Start new project
you canít figure it out.
14. Toddler comes in covered in paints. Older child follows,
saying he didnít either leave them out. Yell to husband to
toddler a bath.
15. Find paint all over your paperwork. Do your best to clean
16. Main phone line rings. Answer because husband is too busy
giving toddler a bath. Tell friend no you canít watch her kids
for her tomorrow. Remind her that you do WORK at home.
17. Answer call that beeps through on call waiting. Tell
mother-in-law no, you arenít interested in the outside the
job she just heard about. Yes, you are earning enough working
home. No, it isnít just a hobby. Explain you are working and
canít talk for long. Hear all the reasons she thinks you need
to find a different job.
18. Retreat back to office before kids realize you arenít in
19. Get some work done fast while the getting is good.
20. Soaking wet toddler comes charging in and demands you help
dress her. Try to send to Daddy. Calm toddlerís tantrum as she
insists she wants MOMMY to do it. Decide dressing her is
than trying to calm her down other ways. Send clothed toddler
back to Daddy.
21. Try to get settled back into working.
22. Hear smoke alarm go off. Dinner must be ready. Take a
and get something to eat with the family.
23. Head back to work. Find out you missed the call you had
been expecting. Call them back.
24. Computer crashes. Wait for it to reboot.
25. Realize you hadnít saved the file you were working on.
Autosave didnít quite get it all. Try to remember what you had
26. Realize your internet connection isnít working. Try to get
automated tech support to give you a real person.
27. Kids come thundering into the room for bedtime hugs and to
ask for a story. Take a break and enjoy.
28. Chase cat back out of office.
29. Find out cat walked all over your keyboard, deleting half
your file and inserting random text.
30. Toddler has to go potty and wonít let Daddy help. Once
thatís done, help toddler back to bed.
31. Peace and quiet at last. Get some work done before you
About The Author: Stephanie Foster is a work at home mom with
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