Working from home is becoming more and more prevalent. Among the many reasons people work from home is children. Daycare is expensive (trust me, I paid for it) and companies are embracing technology that allows people to be effective from home.
So if you’re taking advantage of the work-from-home model, but still have to take care of the kids, there are a few ways that you can manage both your child and work schedule.
First of all, you need to make whatever space you choose for your child as safe as possible. The electrical outlets should be covered with plastic inserts. The edges of tables should be covered with rubber or plastic ends. You’ll also want to make sure there aren’t any areas that can be climbed and fallen from. Kids are always curious and will try to find “trouble” no matter how safe you think you’ve made their space. Couches and ledges should be covered so they can’t be climbed on (this is mostly for infants).
You’ll also want to make sure you keep them in the space you’ve attempted to make as safe as possible. This means you’ll need baby gates. The baby gates should go in all doorways or openings to and from the room you’ve set up. As your child gets older, the more they’ll be able to figure out (especially gates), so you’ll want these to be fairly difficult to open — at least for them. The rooms you’ll most want to secure are the kitchen, any room with a lot of furniture, and the bathrooms.
Also, if you’re using a computer, be sure to have it charged before you start working. Children can easily trip over cords and play with them, which can cause a number of problems. If you must charge your computer while working in the same space your child is in, get some cable ties to make it more difficult for your child to get to them.
If you decided that you needed a home office space, you can still keep an eye on your kid while they spend time in the room you’ve designated. Security cameras are actually pretty affordable. Not only can you use security cameras, but baby monitors also work really well for listening in on your little one. The key to setting up a security camera is to make sure you can see the entire room without having to adjust the camera(s). Also, if you’re giving them a lot of space, you’ll probably want to set up multiple monitors on each side of the room.
The key to working from home (and continuing to work from home) is actually getting work done. Balancing your work life with taking care of your child can be difficult, but you can make it easier by preparing your home for success on both fronts. While being able to spend all your time with your child would be ideal, you’ve also got to know that work is important. It keeps food on the table. It brings balance to your life. So balance life with work and make it safe for everyone.