How to keep your kids busy

By: Susanne Myers

1) Trade play-dates with other moms in your area. One afternoon the kids play at your house, the next at hers. You get the idea. Not only does this help you out on the days that they are at someone else’s house, but also on days that they are at yours. You’ll be amazed at how much more you get done, when they are keeping each other company.

2) Check with the churches and daycare centers in your area. Some of them provide a mother day off program once a week. You can leave your child in a safe place for a few hours, while you run some errands, work on a deadline or make your important calls without interruption.

3) Create a stash of toys and movies that you only bring out in work emergency. Since these are new to your child, it should buy you at least a little uninterrupted work-time.

4) Create a play area within sight of your work area. You’ll get a lot more done if you don’t have to jump up and run all the time to make sure your kids are fine.

5) Kids love to help and imitate you. Create a little work area for them.

A small table and chair next to yours can be their desk. You may want to keep some paper and crayons handy. If they have a leap-pad or one of the toy laptops, keep it at their desk and they can come to work with mommy.

6) If your child is old enough have them help you by stuffing envelopes, filing papers, reorganizing your desk drawer. Encourage them to write an article for you, or teach them some basic html and have them create a personal or family website. Draw on your experience in your wah job or business and get them involved.

7) Trade Time OFF with your spouse. If he takes the kids to the park, while you get some work done, you’ll keep them busy later, so he can wash the car, change the oil, watch a ballgame or whatever else your significant other likes or needs to do without the kids.

8) Just ask your kids to give you some time to work. Offer to take them to the park, the Mall, Chuckey-Cheese, or wherever else they like to go once you get your stuff done. Then make sure you follow through, or this won’t work the next time.

9) If everything else fails, ask Grandma, or friend or neighbor you trust to watch your kids for a few hours. If you use this only once in a while they’ll be glad to spend some time with the kids.

Try to plan ahead as much as you can and get work done while your kids are in school, taking a nap or at night after they have gone to bed. Days that you have to fall back on these tips should be the exception, not the rule. If you find yourself falling back on them almost every day, you may want to consider rearranging your schedule, cutting back on the amount of work you are doing, or, if you can afford itArticle Search, get a in-house nanny for a few hours a day. A more cost effective solution would be to hire a teenager to keep your kids busy for a few hours after school in your house. Look at your options and decide what works best for you and your family.

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