Work-at-Home. You can use any support you can get while working from home, right? So let the kids help out wherever you can with your job or company. It can take a little preparation on your part but can be very enthusiastic helpers for young children.
Working at Home With Your Young Child’s Help
Child care will not always be a time-saver in the short term (usually you can do it yourself faster). In the long run, involving children will help them understand your ground rules of work-at-home, and generally feel more optimistic about your job, particularly if you reward them for their support in any way.
Not all you might have the kids are going to be very useful to you, but these jobs will teach an ability, make kids feel wanted, and keep them occupied.
Filing, Sorting, and Organizing
Kids will sort from pre-school on up. These activities can be scaled down to an age-appropriate stage. Young children should sort their supplies to the school. Older kids should stock up. They might count things, or even enter it in a spreadsheet, depending on their ages.
And if you don’t want to reorganize your workplace, let your kids re-organize a corner of your workplace. It’ll keep them focused and occupied. And often children have interesting ideas to coordinate too. But children who are old enough to read will be able to help you work through some of those piles of paper. Put them back to work shredding old documents. Children can also organize files and e-mails from your computer.
Little ones think it’s more fun than bigger babies. Dusting, sweeping, washing the floors and other small cleaning jobs can keep the children occupied and clean your workplace. It’s just a way to keep the kids in your office with you and occupied when you’re working, but at any given time it probably won’t last long. You should make that part of your routine though. The kids send the office a bit of a spruce up through Monday.
Make your older kids lookout for the younger ones. If you’re alone, a “babysitter” may be quite a young kid. From experience, they’ll learn useful skills and trust. Even children who are only a little older than their parents will help out.
It can be fun to read books to younger children or to play games too. Be sure to explore how to be caring and supportive to the little ones with the older kid. This should be an optimistic, bond-building experience and not a bossy tool. Reward them too, or at least remember how helpful older children were to you. This might have a detrimental effect, otherwise.
Of course, your business depends on that. Gain imagination! Care of what your kids are learning and what skills they have. Can they take pictures for you? Can they write to you or edit you? Is repetitive data entered or encoded with a little preparation that they should do? Think about what things are worthwhile in the long run to boost your productivity but in the short term not good for it. For example, you’d like to have a spreadsheet listing all the contact details about your client that is currently on little paper scraps. An older child could do it for you. If you expect them to do real work, then you have to pay them out in real money. It is just fair, and in the future, it will ensure you have enthusiastic staff.