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Keeping Your Kids Busy While You Work from Home

When you have to get down to work, even your loved ones can pose a major distraction that can cost you time and money. Whether your children are home due to school vacation, an illness or a lack of afternoon activities, you can keep them busy and entertained fairly easily so you can get your work done. Here are a couple of ways you can keep your kids busy while you work from home.

Engaged Children Are Occupied Children

Keeping your children engaged during your workday not only allows you to stay productive, but it also gives them a creative outlet for their energy. Consider allowing them to use another computer to play educational games. You can easily set this up, and it allows them to feel like they are doing grown-up activities while you work. Your children can use headphones to prevent the game sounds from interrupting you. There are plenty of free sites, like Funbrain.com and Coolmath-Games.com, and this is great for smaller areas where you may not have a full wall separating where the kids play and where you work.

Be Creative to Be Productive in Your Work-from-Home Office

You can also shift your work hours to times when your children are sleeping or otherwise already occupied. Craft kits and do-it-yourself projects for kids are a terrific option — and now many art supplies are designed to be easily used at home without the mess. Take advantage of home office furniture and tools to help ensure your workspace is ready whenever you need it, whether your kids are around or not.

And don’t be afraid to get help when you need it. Consider hiring a nanny or babysitter during your most important or busiest business hours. You may even be able to recoup some of these fees at tax time.

Your children are likely one of the key reasons you work as hard as you do. Following these tips for working from home can help you make the most of your planned work time.

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