Keep the Kids Busy While You Work

Working from home is great – when the kids aren’t there! Otherwise you can feel as if you’re juggling two full-time jobs, your career and being a full-time entertainer to your kids.

If it’s not a nice day outside or for some other reason the kids can’t just go outside and play, here are some ways to keep them occupied – and out of your hair! – while you’re trying to work.

Get cheap movie rentals; even consider old TV shows, like the Three Stooges, Gilligan’s Island, The A-Team, or anything else that the kids will enjoy.

Coloring books can be purchased very affordably. Get a ton of crayons and markers as well.

Get some craft supplies and have them do their own scrapbooks or crafts. Simple instructional books can be purchased also so that they can be completely on their own as they build popsicle stick houses or tissue paper flowers.

Board games and jigsaw puzzles can also be inexpensive, especially if you buy the smaller ones.

Art supplies are also a must. A small easel and some paints in their room should do the trick.

Have the kids write you a story. Give them a few basics – the characters and who they are, and then have them come up with an entire plot.

Put them to work. Have them fold some basic laundry, or cut coupons.

4 thoughts on “Keep the Kids Busy While You Work

  1. Any advice for kids who are infants?? I’ve found it so hard to work from home with my son around that I’ve had to hire a part-time nanny. Defeats the purpose! But I figure that when he’s old enough to occupy himself, I’ll be able to keep him home.

    Ideas? Thanks!

  2. It gets harder as they get older. I am a virtual who works from home and I have gotten into the habit of finding other mom’s in my area who can watch my kid while I watch theirs…how old i your son — once they are walking it is all over. I find I do most of my work at night or while they are napping…another good place I found to work is at my gym! They have childcare for two hours for two dollars. I do workout for 30 minutes and for the other hour and a half I sit in the lockerroom on my computer…sometimes in the stall if I get weird looks…I also take that time to deep condition my hair and use a body scrub so the salt goes down their industrial drain rather than down mine wher I have to dig out the yuk at some point…its a life saver…preschool helps too to give you some time…good luck!

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