Youíve beaten the obstacles and found a way to work at
home, whether by finding a job or starting a home business. But is your
work getting in the way of time with your family? It may be time to make
sure you are finding balance between working at home and your family.
Letís take a look at some easy things you can do to ensure
that you are spending time with your family.
1. Make time for play. Family activities are a great way
to relax away from work. It can be as simple as taking a walk or going
to the park, or it could be a full day excursion to a museum, amusement
part or beach. You donít have to leave the house, of course. You could
play games, make cookies or do other fun activities around the house. The
point is to simply have fun as a family and have time to talk to each other.
One way to start is to plan a family night. Tell everyone
they have to be home on a particular evening each week and do things as
a family. Even if you just rent a movie to watch together, itís something
youíre doing together.
If youíre married, make sure you plan a regular date night
with your spouse. Frequency may depend on how old your children are and
how often you can get babysitting, but it is important for your marriage
to have time as a couple.
You donít have to spend a lot of money to have fun with
your family. Just make time for fun.
2. Be there for your childrenís activities. If your children
are involved in sports, acting, singing or other activities, make sure
you are there for all the games, performances or other important events.
It will help your children to know that they are very important to you.
3. Set rules and enforce them. If your children understand
when they can interrupt your work you will be able to get more done in
less time, giving you more time for your family.
Of course, you need to be consistent. If kids get away
with breaking the rules some of the time, they will test the rules often.
Consistency will save you time in the long run, even if you arenít sure
you want to spare the time at a particular moment.
4. Pay attention to what kind of attention each child
needs. Every child is different. Some demand attention while others are
so quiet itís easy to forget that they need you too. Make sure you spend
time with each child as an individual.
5. When the kids come home from school, take some time
to talk about their day. They will appreciate your interest. You should
also make sure they understand their homework and start it at whatever
time they do best at finishing it. Some do best starting homework immediately
on getting home, while others do better if they can play for a while first.
Be aware of your childís needs.
6. If your work is something the children can help with,
let them be involved. If not, you can still at least talk to them about
what you do. This sets a good example for your children by helping them
to know what working is really about. Itís easy to get buried in the needs
of your work when you work at home. A little bit of planning can go a long
way toward making working at home a wonderful experience for all. Your
family is why you decided to work at home, so donít let your time with
them get put aside.
About The Author
is a resource for work at home moms and dads. It is run by Stephanie Foster,
a mom who has worked at home since early 2002. For more advice on working
at home, visit http://www.homewiththekids.com/wah.htm