Have you ever wondered what a work-at-home mom does when the kids are home sick?
Having the flexibility to work at home is a wonderful thing! Especially when the kids are sick and you have to juggle your schedule at the last minute. That’s what happened to me on Monday.
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My work day usually starts around 9 after all the kids are delivered to school. Ideally, I spend my days writing and creating graphics for this blog as well as doing all the behind-the-scenes things necessary to keep the blog running. However, on this day I had 2 of the 4 kids at home sick: the 4 year old and the teenager.
One of the crazy things about having kids with such a wide range of ages (4-15) is that they all leave at different times. It’s a full 2 hours between the first and last departure of the morning. But the upside is that I get some dedicated time with each kid every morning.
This is what the kitchen looks like every morning. It’s like a tornado dropped dishes and lunchboxes all over the place!
I had peachy overnight oatmeal from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook. Yum! Except I used apples instead of peaches and I made it in the morning instead of overnight. I’m a rebel like that.
After the 2 kids left for school, I cleaned up. Whew – that’s better! I’m not a clean freak (my husband will agree) but I do find it’s much easier to work when the kitchen is back to clean. I use this simple tip to make this job easier.
Here’s one of the kids who stayed home. He’s using a mini frother to froth up his milk. Somehow this little tool is a big hit with all the kids. It makes it easy to make cappucinos and lattes too.
We moved upstairs to his bedroom. He built towers and I worked. Hmm – he doesn’t look so sick after all.
Back downstairs for lunch time and a game of Go Fish. I haven’t gotten much work done yet!
I tucked him in bed for quiet time with strict instructions to stay put until the timer rang.
Finally I was able to sit down properly and do some work. I use a lot of paper 🙂 It was launch day for my new book (eek!!) I answered tons of emails and mapped out the rest of the week.
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Eventually quiet time (and some TV time) was up and the other kids came home from school. We enjoyed some BEAUTIFUL weather outside. The dog liked it too.
Then it was time to mess up the kitchen again and cook dinner 🙂
I didn’t get a ton done on Monday, but I checked off all the important things from my list. And luckily I had put in a lot of extra hours over the weekend to get ready for the book launch so everything ran pretty smoothly.
Here are my most important tips for working at home when your kids are home sick.
- Work off of a list. Do your most important thing first. Even if you’re busy with your patient for most of the day, at least you got that one thing in.
- Build in plenty of margin to all your plans. I sure didn’t plan to have 2 kids home sick on the day of my book launch! There was plenty more I could have done, but I didn’t stress because I had planned so much in advance. I will catch up during the rest of the week, Lord-willing.
- Have your kids busy away from you. Whether it’s quiet time or time when they play in their room or even some time in front of the TV, having an uninterrupted hour of time to work is priceless. I get 10x more done when no one is talking to me 🙂 And it’s good for kids to learn to play by themselves.
- Wash your hands! I also did most of these things to keep myself healthy.
Some of my work-at-home friends have also shared posts with the stories of their days!
Stop by their sites and see how what their days look like!
Maryea Flaherty Happy Healthy Mama
Jen Rudd The Halfway Homemaker
Elaine Mingus RadicalChristianWoman.com
Laura Smith I Heart Planners