Are you working from home while taking care of a toddler? It’s a challenge, because toddlers are constantly testing limits. They’re actively exploring the world around them and learning about life.
If you don’t get your toddler engaged in an appropriate activity, she will find something to do on her own. And, you probably won’t approve of the choice. That means you’ll definitely have to do some planning to ensure you’re able to actually get some work done with a little one at home.
Know What Requires Complete Concentration
Any work related activities that require your complete concentration should be saved for times when your toddler is sleeping or being watched by another responsible adult. Otherwise, you won’t be giving your job or your toddler the necessary attention.
There are tasks you can do that don’t need your entire mind. Look for tasks that you can stop if you need to, or tackle those tasks when your child is awake. These might include:
- Updating a website’s plug-ins
- Photo editing
- Taking photos
Get Your Toddler Engaged
There are plenty of activities that will keep active toddlers engaged for 20 or 30 minutes. You’ll want to cycle through these throughout the day to ensure boredom doesn’t take over:
- Building with toddler-safe construction bricks
- Painting the walls with water and a brush
- Photo albums with pics of familiar people and places
- A rug with roads and buildings on it and a couple of cars
You’ll want to stick close by in case your child needs you, but these activities will free you up to tackle some of those tasks that can be interrupted.
Spend Time with Your Toddler
You can’t expect to work all day without your child throwing a fit. Start the day by giving you toddler a lot of attention. Play together, take your meals together, and talk throughout the day.
Every couple of hours at a minimum, give your child more undivided attention. This will help her to feel secure, loved, and safe, which will in turn facilitate more peaceful play time.
Use Nap Time Wisely
Get your toddler on a predictable nap schedule if she’s not already. This might take some time and effort, but it will be well worth it!
Once your little one falls asleep, use that time wisely. Have a list ready to go of everything you need to accomplish. For best results, prioritize your list and start with the most important items.
Don’t check your email, waste time on social media, or tackle anything else during naptime. Really put it to work for you and get your to-do list chopped down to size.
Hungry Kids Whine
Toddler’s bellies aren’t very big. If your little one is whining or grumping more than usual, you might consider giving her an extra snack. The additional calories might be just what your growing child needs to get back to playing.
Remember You Can’t Do It All
Working from home with a toddler is hard. There will always be too many things pushing for your attention — your job, your child, the typical housework, and more. It’s okay to ask for help and admit that you can’t do everything on your own.
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