So, Can You Really Work Around Your Children and Grandchildren?

Shelley Wenger

It may not always be easy to work around your children (or grandchildren), but if you are dedicated to your business, you can make it work.
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To make this happen, you are going to have to focus on your business. You need to make time to work on your business every day.

When you do have time to work, you need to be organized. You need to know exactly what must be done. Calendars can be helpful to keep track of deadlines.

Your workspace also needs to be organized. You need to know where to find papers and supplies that you need. You don’t want to waste precious time looking for things when you could be making money.

Utilize all of the time that you have to work. Even if you are only able to devote one or two hours a day, make them count. Be dedicated to doing work that will help your business to grow.

When it comes to working with children, each child is different. Some are easier to work around than others. What works for one child might not work for the next one.

Each stage is also different, so you are going to have to be flexible. What works for a few months could change tomorrow. When your children are in school, they will have summer break, which creates a whole different set of challenges for your business.

The most important thing is to work around your children. Utilize your uninterrupted times when they are sleeping or in school.

Find ways to work around your children, whether you use a laptop or phone, so you can work outside with your children. Give them special toys to occupy them when you need to get a lot accomplished in a short amount of time. Let them help, even if you just give them some paper and pens and let them pretend.

Teach your children independence so that they will not constantly bother you every time that they need a drink or a snack. It is really hard to get anything done when you are constantly getting up from your desk.

Give them age-appropriate responsibilities. Let them help around the house with laundry and cleaning. If they are older, they can help with (or make) dinner. Let them drive their younger siblings around and run errands for you, if possible.

If they are interested, give them responsibilities in your business. For example, you could let them file papers or send e-mails. As they get older, give them more and more responsibilities. If they have any special interests, try to let them use them in your business.

There is a way to work around children, if it is important enough for you!


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Shelley is a small town farm mom of two boys. She is a veterinary technician, so she is proud to write about all kinds of animals and their care. She also loves to write about writing, running a business, working from home, and much more.

Glenville, PA

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