How to Work from Home With a Toddler

Many stay-at-home moms desire to do a little work on the side to contribute to their household income. Working from home seems like the ideal solution, allowing you to still be with your child while working. However, it is important to learn how to work from home with a toddler in a way that keeps the focus on your child instead of your work while still allowing you to get your work done in a professional manner.


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    Have realistic expectations. Working from home with a toddler has its benefits, but it is not as easy as you may anticipate. Do what you can to help it run smoothly, and realize that you will simply need to remain flexible to meet your toddler's needs.
    • Determine your regular work hours and stick to it. If your work phone rings during "non-business" hours, let it go to voicemail. Limit work email to your office hours, too.
    • Understand that your toddler takes priority. If you are on a phone call and your child is screaming, apologize and ask if you can call back later.
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    Establish a routine. Children need structure as they grow up. Though every day does not have to look exactly the same, there should be a routine or regular schedule that you follow throughout the week. Let your work schedule be dictated by your toddler's schedule, not the other way around.
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    Work during down times. There are natural times throughout the day when you can focus on your work while your toddler is resting.
    • Complete your work while your toddler has just gone to bed at night or is taking a nap in the afternoon.
    • Allow for 30 minutes or an hour of TV time for your toddler while you get some work done. Educational television can help your child learn, as well as provide a short time of rest between meals or playtime. However, do not leave your child unattended. Take your work with you into the TV room.
    • Encourage your toddler to complete crafts or color while you work. Keep craft materials on hand so that there is always something for them to work on.
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    Create a tiny workstation for your toddler. Children love to imitate adults. Setting up a tiny table with paper, crayons, toy phone, and stickers will stimulate their imagination by allow them to pretend to be at the office with you.
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    Arrange for periodic childcare. Creating social time for your child is important. Schedule times when your toddler can play with others. When your child is being properly supervised by someone else, you can use the time to work more effectively.
    • Use a local daycare center once or twice a week. Many offer drop-in care for an hour or daily rate.
    • Start a group with other moms where you take turns watching the kids so that other moms can have a break.
    • Have a babysitter watch your toddler. You may even still be at home while the babysitter is there. This allows your child to receive the attention and care they need while you get work finished.
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    Keep safety in mind. Make your home work environment safe so that you protect your toddler from potential dangers.
    • Store paper clips, letter openers, thumbtacks, and other sharp objects into closed containers your toddler cannot reach. A locked desk drawer would work, as well.
    • Secure heavy furniture so it does not tip over. Attach it to the wall with brackets or anchors.
    • Protect cords and outlets. Make sure your toddler cannot reach electrical cords, and that they are not lying on the floor for the toddler to trip on. Put covers onto outlets.
    • Keep computer ink, correction fluid, markers, and other potentially poisonous liquids put away so your toddler cannot reach them.


  • Find craft ideas and coloring pages online. There are many free or inexpensive activities your toddler can do to have fun and learn at the same time.


  • Do not forget to get some rest yourself. Moms who work from home often find themselves going at a hectic pace. Schedule down time so that you can relax and get re-energized.

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