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 How to Work from Home with Kids
Three seasoned work-from-home pros
 share their tips and strategies
When the COVID-19 pandemic turned dining room tables into home offices almost overnight, parents who found
themselves telecommuting were suddenly faced with one unalterable fact:
Working with kids at home is hard. Between dealing with starvation-like hunger that hits right when the phone rings or kids who decide to practice their streaking skills during the middle of a Zoom meeting, handling work, kids and schoolwork can sometimes feel like a job itself.
“It has its challenges, but it also is a blessing,” says Rylee Rudd, owner of Accent on You Marketing in Wasilla and mom to Emma, 7, and Mason, 18 months.
Though working from home with kids can sometimes leave you longing for the solitude of an office cubicle, these tips from veteran work-from-home parents will help make it work.
Create a schedule
Working from home usually means some degree of flexibility in your day. But dedicating set blocks of time to getting work done can help you stay on track and minimizes work life interfering with home life.
“Something that I definitely found out in all of this is I have to have it on my calendar,” Rylee says. “If it’s not on my calendar, it doesn’t happen.”
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When setting a schedule, there is no one-size-fits- all approach (unless, of course, your job requires that you be available at certain times). Working during
nap time or when the kids are at school are obvious opportunities to work free of distractions. How you structure the remainder of your work hours depends on when you feel most productive, with even some trial- and-error days.
“You have to find what works for you,” Rylee says. “I tried to run the business from 8 am to 4 pm, but that doesn’t work for me. I’m not a morning person. I don’t like it; it doesn’t make me extra motivated. I’d rather stay up late.”
Rylee’s solution was to create a hybrid work schedule. Certain tasks, like client meetings and networking events, can only be done during regular business hours; the rest, like sending e-mails, content creation, or project planning, she does after her kids go to bed.
Establishing a schedule also means constantly evaluating and adjusting it as needed to meet changing workplace and family needs, so an ability to quickly adapt is a necessity.
Ana Spaic Rodrigues works part-time from home
as an insurance assistant for the Marsh & McLennan Agency. Like Rylee, some of her work – team meetings, new hire training, and supervisor meetings – must
be done during regular business hours. The rest, she
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