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4 Time Management Tips for Work at Home Moms with Babies

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If you're new to the work-at-home mom club, welcome aboard! Working from home allows you to be there when your children need you most, and can save you money on child care. On the flip side, working from home as a parent is not without its challenges.

Luckily, you can count on those of us who have been doing this for a while to give you some tips. There's a huge "WAHM" community online, with moms chatting it up in WAHM forums all over the web.

As a freelance writer and a first-time mom of a 9 month old, I thought I'd give you some of my tips for all the WAHM's out there with babies.

1. Don't multi-task too much!

As WAHM's, multitasking is the name of the game. But, I've found that doing it all day leads to serious "mommy brain" syndrome -- in other words, it simply fries your brain and drains you of energy. Multi-task when you need to, but focus on one thing at a time whenever possible to save your energy and keep you focused.

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2. Keep a line-up of new "toys" to give her

Keep your baby interested in things by having a line-up of new objects to give him to play with. Baby will get tired of his toys after a while of looking at everything. To keep him entertained, provide new things to explore, and whenever he gets disinterested, pass him the next baby-proofed household object! A water bottle, a banana, a battery-free remote control -- anything!

3. Discover your baby's recipe for a good mood, and capitalize on it!

The truth is, we need more time to work than baby needs time to nap, so you're going to need to find some time while baby's awake to get things done. So, if a nap followed by a feeding tends to put your baby instantly in his best mood, plan to do your work in that time slot. Pay attention to the recipes for his not-so-good moods, too, so you can know not to expect to get much done at these times.

Work hard, play hard

Have times when you really give you full attention to your baby. I call this eye-contact time. Forget about the toys and just engage with your baby by making funny faces, tickling, rolling around, bouncing and flying. Not only is this great for your baby and may cause him to play by himself more at other times in the day, but also it's good for you. Switch off your phone, close your laptop and have fun! With this fun mental and physical break, you may find you're more productive in the times that you set aside for working.

At the end of the day, it's a balancing act and you need to find what works for you. You may wobble before you find your balance, but keep learning from your mistakes and life as a work-from-home mom will get easier.



Sep 15, 2014 9:41pm
Great first article. Working from home can be very challenging. Organizing your friends not to come in every five minutes for coffee, not understanding you now work and cannot sit about talking. Once they understand it gets easier.
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