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Tips for Working at Home with Toddlers

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At least when you have a baby you can count on him taking plenty of naps, thereby granting you time to work. When you have a child old enough to be in school, you have a little more quiet time in the house. Running a home business with a toddler is beyond challenging. They are at the age where they get into everything and need undivided attention. There are a few tips that will help you juggle this combination.

Toddler Swap

Chances are pretty good that you know at least one other person with a toddler. Do a toddler swap for a few hours or a full day once or several times a week. This will give you the opportunity to devote time to your business on days the other mother has your toddler. Plus, your child will love these play dates.

Family Sitters

Does everyone in your family constantly talk about how badly they want to babysit? If yes, then why in the world are you not letting them? Even if he only goes to grandma’s for a few hours once a week, this will be time you can use to get caught up.

Planned Activities

A little planning can help your day go a lot smoother. Keep plenty of craft supplies, puzzles, books, dress up clothes, educational DVDs and games, etc., on hand, so your child never gets bored. Play-dough can keep a child busy for a long time and you can make a homemade nontoxic rendition for next to nothing, and Kool-Aid or food coloring can be used to color it.

Get Outside

The fresh air can be very exhausting. You may be stressed because you know you have a ton of work to do and no time to spare, but a quick trip to the park could mean a lengthy nap when you get home so you can work. This is a lot better than struggling to squeeze in a few minutes of work here and there.

Hire a Babysitter

Hiring someone to come over for a few hours, so you can lock yourself in your room and work is money well spent. You can hire a neighborhood kid or someone from your church you know can use the money. You will be home should there be an emergency, so do not overlook the idea of an affordable, responsible high school student.

Make Time for Play

There will come a time when it feels like getting any work done is impossible. Do not fight it. These are the times you put your work aside until later and give your toddler your undivided attention. After you give him the attention he is looking for, he will be more likely to play a bit on his own again, so you can get back to work.

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