5 Tips for Trying to Write When the Kids Are Home

write when kids are homeWorking is one of those necessary evils in life. Nobody really wants to do it, but if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to afford to live.

While working certainly can be a drag for anyone, it can particularly be a downer when you have kids. Who wants to leave their children with someone else so they can go off to work?

Thanks to the wonderful advent of modern technology, more and more parents are changing the way they work. The Internet has made it possible for countless parents to stay at home while still earning and income to support their families, and the best part is that they aren’t missing out on all those milestones and quality time with the kids.

Blogging has proven to be one of the most popular and effective work-at-home jobs for parents. However, while earning money from home while blogging is certainly a gift, it can also be a big challenge. It can be quite difficult to try to write quality blog posts while the kids are running around, playing and constantly pulling on your coattails.

If you are a blogger, don’t toss in the towel or get frustrated; instead, use these tips to make the most out of writing while the kids are at home:

Rise and Shine: Wake up before your kids do. This may mean you have to set the alarm for before the sun rises, but you’ll be able to get in at least an hour or two of uninterrupted writing before the chaos of children rising from bed ensues.

Stay Up: If rising early isn’t your thing, consider staying up later to get in some quiet writing time. Once you put the kids to bed, a hush will fall over your home and you’ll be able to get those creative juices flowing.

Nap Time Is Work Time: If your kids still nap, take full advantage of that quiet time. Grab your computer and write as much as you can while your little ones snooze.

Be Regimented: Working from home isn’t a vacation. In fact, it can be less leisurely than working in an office setting. In order to be successful, you have to create a schedule and be regimented about it. Make a plan and stick to it.

Devote Time: Once of the reasons why you chose to work from home was to be with your kids. As such, make sure you devote quality time with them each day. Stop working for a chunk of time and do activities together; take them to the park, have a picnic, build forts, do crafts, etc. Devoting special time to your kids each day will make you feel less guilty when you have to work and will let them know that they are still your priority.

Working from home has its ups and downs, especially when there are children involved. Use these tips to guide you to more effective writing so you can run a successful blog and enjoy your kids, too.

This post was written by Bridget Galbreath.  She is a work-at-home writer and mother. She specializes in all things related to parenting, from working at home to effective parenting techniques and even reviews of products such as car seat boosters.

Comments

  1. Hi Bridget,

    All suggestions are awesome,

    I really liked that all suggestions given by you writing at home,

    Totally agree with you on the point that all good work has structure.

    Really Helpful Thanks.

  2. Hi Bridget,
    This is really a nice post… Its really difficult to work when the small kids are at home….The points you have mentioned are awesome…I really like the suggestions..thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi Bridget !
    I must admit that the post has been well thought of before being written.It can be difficult to find time and write a blog post especially when kids are at home . Following the tips you’ve mentioned will surely help in this context. Thanks for sharing the information .

    -Pramod

  4. i have one kids in my house. His only 1 year old. i love him very much but he always distract me to write articles many times i left my article in the middle whenever he cry. Its ok but it takes a lot time than before. But i will consider your point to wake up earlier before my baby and complete my work in morning. It will give me more time with him and family and i can write more article if i get time in day or evening.

    Thank you for this awesome article and ideas

  5. Hey Bridget,
    Very well written post…all the suggestions are very well described and discussed…and its not easy to synchronize with the tasks at home…..so its quite well written post…surely these suggestions gonna turn out my weekends valuable ones…..

    Thanks for sharing

    Keep Posting !!!

  6. I like the suggestion and very practical but it varies person to person. I always keep my kids busy and make them to focus on their activities and I do my work with concentration.

  7. Working when there’s a ‘break’ with the kids is always a great idea. Keeping a blog schedule and also using drafts helps you create content, when it’s possible and use it when it’s really needed.

  8. Working when the kids are at home is one of the toughest thing. However the best time to start working is when they doze off for an hour or two. Just keep them busy and tire them out so that they don’t wake up too soon to disrupt your work.

  9. “Working is one of those necessary evils in life. Nobody really wants to do it, but if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to afford to live” .. nice job I love your starting paragraph :)

  10. For a second I thought you would say something like… Train your kids to become writers, then they can write your blog for you. I’m joking. Good post! And you’re right. It’s important to remember the reason why you’re blogging at home is to spend more time with the kids.

  11. Some great suggestions. Kids can be a pain and a massive distraction for me. More so with my 2 year old who needs a fair bit of attention. For this, I try and stay up late and use my laptop in bed when they are asleep.

  12. That’s awesome. I’ve seen this post just in time. A friend of mine is insanely busy with her kids but still keeps blogging. I’ll share this post with her :)

  13. Great post, I work from home and do find it difficult to work when kids are awake. These tips will help.

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