I have three little ones ages 7 and under, with only one in school I find my time to be very strained and limited in terms of balance. I spent four years doing outsource work, college, and running the family. I can say without a doubt that freelance moms have the strongest threshold for chaos of anyone I have ever met. But how do you keep from losing your precious time while maintaining your income and sanity? Get your kids involved!
I know it sounds easier said than done, right. It is a challenge I won’t lie, there were times I wanted to curl up into a ball and sleep for a week straight. Then I figured why not get your kids involved, not just with work but while your managing other things like chores. I was lucky enough to have kids who absolutely enjoy learning, so if I am not in a meeting I do what I can to keep them entertained with paper and a pen.
Not only can I work, but I also get to see their faces light up when they finish whatever it is that they are doing. And yes even if the picture is a bunch of scribbles I am one of those parents that oohs and ahhs to make them feel great. So tomorrow try this out:
- Get your to-do list created and figure out what has to have absolute quiet time to be completed. I generally do this while the one is at school and the other two haven’t woken up yet.
- Once you’re done with those tasks you have a larger window for completing the other items. I will leave my office door open and when they decide to wake up I start their day with breakfast, asking them to help get everything ready, (go get the bowls J). Then I go back to work and it takes them a bit to get moving so they generally watch cartoons giving me another hour or so of peace.
- Then once the energy is boosted it gets tough. They will scream for your attention and you may not always be able to give it to them. So I let them sit with me and draw or I show them how to write the abc’s. You can also have them help with minor tasks (if any).
- Once your work day is done you will most likely have the household to take care of. I have my kids assigned to cleaning tasks and they are more than eager to help clean while I cook.
- Once that’s all over with it is time for bed, so I generally just sit and talk with them for a bit. I could make a living off their stories they like to tell me (a twist on normal bedtime procedure I know).
Last but not least, take a few minutes after they have fallen asleep and breathe, as much as I love my job and my children I am not above being selfish and saying I need me time. I generally read or research, but anything to relax is a good idea. There are days where I look at them while they sleep and feel like I missed them, but that is a part of being a freelance mom, time is a balancing act. So soak up the time you have the best you can and remind yourself that your kids are well taken care of and you’re doing a great job!