Working at home, in theory, seems like the optimal situation. You can have a non-traditional morning routine and aren’t even required to put on pants. However, the game changes when you add children to the mix. Work-at-home moms are pretty resilient when it comes to this type of situation. They are quick to improvise and will do whatever necessary to #GetTheJobDone.
If that rings true to you, keep reading. I’ve got 5 easily relatable descriptions of what it’s like to work at home with a two-year-old.
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1: The employee that can’t get fired.
Working at home with a two-year-old is like working with an employee that can’t get fired. Straight up, there’s no pink slip for this one. I recollect, prior to having children, to a time when I was in the corporate world. With so much red tape from our human resources department, employees were literally sleeping on the job, sans punishment. (They claimed they were stressed by a hostile working environment and needed a nap.) So, yes, your little one is not very productive when it comes to working standards, yet they will never be asked to leave.
2: The co-worker that steals your food.
Working at home with a two-year-old is like having a co-worker that steals your food. It doesn’t matter what you eat when lunchtime rolls around, they always want a piece. Not only do home mompreneurs need creativity to take their lunches (because it’s easy to just keep working), they also require a ton of sacrifice to enjoy them. Thank goodness, we have a bulk shipment of waffles in the freezer and a ton of stickers to keep her entertained.
3: The slacker of group projects.
There were instances, since I run a lifestyle blog, that I needed to take pictures of day to day life. It goes without saying, that my youngest doesn’t always like to participate. It can be so challenging when she doesn’t want to smile or sit still, or any of the 10 million other photo requirements. It’s times like this, I equate my two-year-old to the slacker of group projects. It never fails, there’s always one.
4: The employee that doesn’t go by the handbook.
It goes without saying, there is no parenting manual. Additionally, when you run your sole proprietorship from home, there is no employee handbook either. My youngest totally fits the bill here. She marches to the beat of her own drum and is fully assertive in her actions. Long live my little May Flower and her disarray for conformity.
5: The office flirt.
The funniest of all descriptions is that working at home with your two-year-old is like having an office flirt. They find ways to visit your desk without reason or linger at your side a little too long. This is one occurrence where it’s okay to give in to the temptation of an “employee” hug.
A note about work at home moms…
Working at home is very freeing, but at times it’s also challenging. Resisting the urge to bombard our little ones with our work schedule takes a lot of discipline and balance. My hat goes off to all of you mamas out there, especially the ones that literally put in their 24-hour shifts. I pray for discernment for all of your endeavors, and love within your hearts and homes. Furthermore, I hope your business thrives and helps others.
Top tips for working at home:
- Schedule things ahead of time.
- Next, remember to take regular breaks.
- Explain to your children why you are so busy.
- Understand why your children interrupt.
- Provide plenty of activities to keep them busy while you need to work.
- Embrace your child’s unique needs and incorporate them into the workload.
- Finally, give yourself grace. Freelancing with a baby is not easy.
In conclusion, I want some feedback. Leave me a comment below and tell me which one of these descriptions fits your child. I look forward to hearing your responses and getting a few laughs. It totally makes my day to connect with others.