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If you are a work at home parent there are numerous reasons your kids will interrupt you while you are working. “Please take me to so and so’s house.” “Please play with me.” Please drive me to the store, drop me at the library and later pick me up from the pool.” “Can I go to Johnny’s house?”

I was on the long road to getting nothing done, my projects were piling up so I talked to some other work-at home parents, and they had some wonderful ideas. Some I am already incorporating and guess what? I am already getting more work done!

Remember, these suggestions depend on the age(s) of your child(ren.)

· Drop them off at the community pool.
· Work late when they go to bed or rise
early while they are still sleeping. This
usually works better for me. For some
reason, they will be quiet if I sleep
during the day. I haven’t figured out why
this works for them, but it does.
· Designate one day, e.g. Monday’s as “work
day” or that you need to work between 8
a.m. and noon (whatever your schedule is)
with no interruptions (except
emergencies, of course) then you will be
available for them.
· If you have relatives close, send them
there for short periods of time. Be
careful not to take advantage of their
generosity.
· Schedule certain days that your child
(children) can have friends over and alternate
with days your child (children) may go to their
friends' homes.
· Sign them up for extracurricular sports
(baseball, soccer, football, tumbling,
cheerleading, swim classes, etc.) You will
need to play taxi but you will get some
time to yourself. If you can, bring some
work with you.
· Buy sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and grade
appropriate workbooks.
· Invest in a good sprinkler, water
balloons, and some cheap water pistols.
They can play to their hearts content and
stay cool while doing it.
· Give your child(children) a spot in the garden
or let them grow a windowsill garden.
They will like planting, tend to them and
enjoy the results.
· Quiet time every day or in scheduled
blocks of time. They can read, nap, or
listen to music quietly in their
respective rooms.
· Send them to Vacation Bible School (VBS)
or the YMCA. Check to see what free
things the Y has for your child(ren)
· Rewards. They always work. Whether it is
an ice cream cone, a snack, or having an
extra book read to them. Be sure to vary
the reward or they will get bored.
· Use crafts, books, and games. An
occasional movie is good, too.
· A special bin with “work-time” toys. Make
sure it is something your child likes and
refresh often to avoid boredom.
· Start a story and let them finish it in
round-robin style. Give them a tape
recorder so they can save their
masterpieces.
· Let them write, sing, play instruments,
and draw to encourage their creativity.
· You may just have to pay them off (if
they are older), send them to the, park,
or wherever for a little bit of time.
· Let them wash the car. My pre-teen loves
the warm water and the soap. Be sure to
check that they rinse all the soap off.

At one point, a few years ago, I put a sign on the door that said “Enter at your own risk.” They got a kick out of it and left me alone (for a little while.) So, I learned how much you need to vary the activities.

Two of my children have ADD and just need to know that I am available, so I try to work in short shifts. A recent study showed that people that commute to the work place generally only get five hours of work done a day. The rest is spent at lunch, meetings, breaks, and hanging around the water cooler. So really, if you get even a little bit more than five hours a day in you are putting in a full day of work

Lastly, remember why you work at home. Isn’t it because you want to spend more time with your family while earning a paycheck?

Some of these examples have a small fee but are well worth the solitude and getting that project, etc., done. Some of these are short lived so you may have to repeat them a few times through the day.