Working From Home With Kids: A Father’s POV
I never thought remote work was an option for me. I often read about people working remotely and heard about friends leaving their office jobs to work from home… but I never thought I could do it.
There is no doubt that my work is professionally rewarding and that there are lots of benefits to working remotely. I no longer have to commute, giving me back 2 hours of my day. I have more flexibility and freedom (I can run errands during the week or simply start working earlier so I can finish earlier). But the best part of working remotely is that I get to see my 1-year old twins a lotmore. I am present for a lot more of their “firsts” and I am watching them grow. Looking back at my office days, I cannot believe how much I must have missed just by not being there.
Remote work has also improved my wife’s day-to-day life. Before I quit my office job, she was pretty much stuck at home all day. It was very difficult for her to run a quick errand or even take the kids out. Now, she can leave the house during the kids’ nap, knowing that I’m home with them. I can help her take the kids down (there’s no elevator in our building) so that they can go to the park or to her parents’ place to enjoy the pool. I can help feed the kids in the morning, at lunch, and in the evening. I get to be a dad!
Some tips I’ve learned for working from home with kids:
- This is an obvious one but set up your office in a room as far away as possible from the play area.
- Get a really good pair of headphones to block all distractions.
- Establish rules so that the family knows when you are available to help and when you cannot be distracted at all.
- Avoid trips outside of your office by preparing anything you may need in advance. For instance, in the morning, I have my coffee, a water bottle, and a snack ready on my desk so that I do not have to leave my office until lunch.
- Get as much work done as possible while the kids are napping.
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