If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that our toddlers are very busy little people. Remember that time you were busy working away until you realized how super quiet your daughter was? By the time you discovered her in the bathroom.. well, let’s just say that you had to replace a lot of your makeup. Unfortunately this can happen to any mom, not just those of us who are working at home with a toddler.
Finding time to get some work done during the day can be tricky, and your toddlers won’t always co-operate with your plans, so it’s always best to have more than one trick up your own sleeve.
Keep in mind that you’re always going to have to go with the flow, and that mind mean giving up on getting any work done during the regularly scheduled nap time if your child decides there’s no way they’re going to sleep. And that’s ok! Be flexible with your time, and you and your business will survive working at home with toddlers.
Ideas to keep your toddler busy so you can get some work done:
Activity Packs: Keep several different activity packs with all the supplies needed to complete the activity in a special box. Pull it out whenever you need some time to yourself or to get work done, but have an idea of how long the idea will keep your child occupied. One of my favorite websites to find ideas is Woo Jr. They have printables, crafts, recipes and much more available.
Here are a few ideas on what to stock in your activity box:
- Play Dough
- Art Projects
- Special Toys
- Educational DVD’s
- Dress-up Clothes
Play Dates: If you have a trusted friend or family member with a child of a similar age, consider arranging play dates so that you can have a few hours during an afternoon once or twice a week. You can then reciprocate by taking the other child into your home giving the other mom a break.
Day Care/Babysitter: There is always a paid option if it’s in your budget. Your child will benefit greatly from the interaction of other children at a day care center, or alternatively a babysitter can take your toddler to the park or elsewhere for an educational outing. If you need assistance finding a babysitter, check out:
Daddy Time: It’s important for Daddy to spend some alone time with your toddler too! My son used to love sitting on Daddy’s lap while they cut the grass on the lawn tractor, or going to car shows on the weekend. Save these activities for Daddy time and use the time they’re together to get some business done.
Flexibility with your schedule, and creativity with your time are key ingredients to the successful recipe of working at home with toddlers.
If you have more tips or ideas then please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you 🙂
— Wahm Dianne