Posted on: 30 March 2021

The challenge of home working with children at home

School holidays mean that children will be spending more time at home, and with home working arrangements still likely to last for the foreseeable future, you may have to find a way of balancing running your business and looking after your children.

Take a look at some of these tips to make sure that you can keep your business running efficiently whilst keeping your children safe.

Tips on running your business with your children at home

All children are different and may have different needs, but we have some basic tips that you can use to make sure your children are well taken care of whilst you run your business from home.

Have a flexible routine

Keeping a routine will help your children understand the importance of your work. Even though they’re not going to school, you should still have a set routine that will vary depending on the age of your child but should include regular times to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, spend family time together and go to bed.

If you don’t have a strict work schedule, you don’t have to work a standard 9am to 5pm daily, instead, start work earlier and/or add some extra time at the end of the day. By working flexibly like this, you will be able to spend time during the day with your children.

If you are in a two-parent household, keep open communication with your partner about your work schedule, in particular, if you have important meetings or business appointments to keep so that you can make sure that there is always one parent who can tend to the children.

This ensures that you are still able to spend time with your children, but they know that you need to focus on running the business that brings in your family income.

Set ground rules

Having a set of rules will keep your children from interrupting your meetings, playing with your work equipment or generally invading your space while working.

Such rules could include that you shouldn’t be interrupted if you have your office door closed or not to enter your workspace while you are on the phone or in virtual meetings.

Stick to these rules to ensure that they are followed. Consider offering rewards, like a favourite teatime treat at the weekend or a bar of chocolate, if all the rules have been followed for the week.

Plan some entertainment

If your children are not kept busy, they will be more likely to interrupt you while you are trying to work.

It can be too tempting to stick your kids in front of the TV or let them play computer games all day, but you can help them to do something productive by setting chores, fun or fitness challenges or even some homework to help them learn.

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