Working from home with a toddler 💻 🏠 👨👩👧
Working from home with a toddler (or little ones) during a pandemic isn’t for the faint of heart!
Things never run smoothly and my house always looks like a disaster area, but I have to admit that I’m much happier in my work life than ever before!
I love working from home and I love having my husband at home all day. We are extremely lucky to work with amazing people that are very understanding and flexible. But that doesn’t mean that things are easy!
So I though I would share my experience and what I learned along the way:
1️⃣ Capitalize on nap-time 😴
2️⃣ Prepare a small toddler friendly space near your desk – Eva loves to be close, she feels connected while playing independently and we can get work done
3️⃣ Keep them entertained – we have several spots around the house that are designed to sparkle independent play. 2 book stations (one near my desk), art corner, lego corner, our Montessori inspired shelfie & play tent. I also prepare new activities and toys (not necessarily new but that are out of the current shelf rotation) each morning. Arts and crafts, puzzles, @montikids toys and @mailegusa 🐭 are a huge hit here and they are so versatile!
4️⃣ Emergency secret stash – we have a small box of things Eva loves (like @melissaanddougtoys water wow books, @mailegusa 🐭, sticker books, small Duplo sets, @holztiger.usa animals, books, etc) and we take a new thing out in case of “emergency”
5️⃣ Snacks 🍓 – always have some healthy(ish) snacks available
6️⃣ Share the load with your partner – my husband gets up and starts work early, we take separate lunch breaks and we use them to spend time with Eva, we share our calendars and we back each other up
7️⃣ Screen time 📺 – we embraced some screen time and we stopped feeling guilty about it
8️⃣ Embrace the mess 🧹 – we shift our priorities and decided to (deep) clean the house only during weekends. During week days we only do basic cleaning
9️⃣ Let go of your unrealistic expectations. We are all in this and we are all struggling!
How are you balancing work and taking care of a little one these days? I would love to learn from your experience!
This post is by: @toddlertoddlerlittlestar