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Working at home with kids can be a challenge. But, it’s not impossible!
I’ve definitely learned a trick or two since launching my freelance writing and virtual assistance business two years ago.
Now, the time is right to share these with you. I’m excited to present:
An A-Z Guide to Working at Home with Kids
For the next month, I’ll be sharing a new tip each day (Monday-Friday) to help you be more productive as you work at home with kids.
These shorter blog posts are designed to help you succeed, without adding to your overwhelm.
Ready? Great! Let’s jump right in with today’s tip:
A Is for Accepting Limitations
You can’t give everything 100% all the time. Well, unless you want to wind up burnt out after a short period of time.
If perfection is your goal, you’re going to fall short.
Go ahead and let that sink in.
Perfectionism isn’t possible. When you’re working from home with kids, you must accept your limitations.
What are your limitations?
I’m not sure, but I’m learning what what mine are! Each of us has to find our own boundaries and figure out how far we can stretch before we reach the breaking point.
You’ll know you’re close to your limit if you’re:
- Constantly feeling overwhelmed.
- Struggling with guilt over taking a few minutes to catch your breath.
- Sacrificing sleep to your never ending to-do list.
- Yelling at the kids more frequently.
Ever feel like that? I sure have. The kids let me know when “Grumpy Mom” is emerging. When that happens, I know it’s time to scale back.
What to Do
It’s really okay.
If you’re a people pleaser like me, it’ll probably feel strange at first. But, you must learn to protect yourself and your family from you being stretched too thin.
You also can work on lowering your expectations on things that you can’t drop completely. Everyone still needs to eat, but you don’t need to constantly try out recipes that keep you in the kitchen for hours.
Simplify as much as possible.
Remember to Adjust
Limitations aren’t static. What you struggle with now may be super easy six months down the road. Kids grow and change so quickly.
Take each season as it comes, and be watching for signs that you need to reevaluate. We do a complete rehaul every July, and touch base again at least once during the school year.
Ask Your Kids
Kids are smarter than a lot of people give them credit for. Ask them what parts of the day run the most smoothly, and which parts don’t.
You may not like your limitations. Admitting that we can’t do everything is hard, or at least it was for me. But, once I made the decisions to let go of some tasks, it was a relief.
I was no longer a victim to a to-do list master I could never please. Instead, I purposefully decided what my limits were, and started saying no.
So much easier! Accepting your limitations really does help.
B is For…
I’ll be back tomorrow with An A-Z Guide to Working at Home with Kids: B.
Until then, I’d love for you to share this post with your friends who are working from home with kids. Also, are there any areas you’re struggling with? Drop a line in the comments and I’ll do my best to help you out during this series.
Lisa Tanner is a former teacher turned homeschooling mom with 11 kids. She's also a successful freelance writer. Lisa enjoys helping other busy moms find time to start and grow a side hustle of their own.