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Childcare Secrets of Work At Home Moms

Enthralled by one of the more popular babysitters in America - THE TV!

About two weeks ago, I was working in my home office (a dedicated room off of our bedroom). It was 2pm, and because our city schools have a crazy short day, the kids had just arrived home from school with their sitter. You’d think I’d be set, right? The sitter is paid to care for the kids while I take care of business upstairs. Haaaaaaaa. Yeah right.

My husband jokingly refers to our kids as heat-seeking missiles when it comes to me. Locked door? No matter. They will climb on a chair to find the skeleton key that opens it. And even when they aren’t showing up in my office to complain, chat, cry, play on the computer, they are still disruptive to my work day. The fighting is just nonstop, and I can hear all of it from my little home office.

So, back to two weeks ago. There I am working, and the kids come home. Madness ensues. Screaming, crying, fighting, the works. I did what any mom would do in this situation in 2011:

 

 

 

I turned to Facebook:

I quickly found that MANY other moms (and dads) share the same problem, but some had found some amazing solutions.

Rachael Brownell locks her door, puts on her headphones and “crunches.” She also suggests telling the little ones that “mommy won’t love them anymore unless they honor her work.” Ha!

Amie Adams has warned her kids that if they interrupt, “there better be a fire!”

Maya Bisineer, Sondra Santos Drahos, and Sugar Jones all have found success with the rental of co-working space.

A slew of working moms resort to getting all work done after bedtime (including our own Justice Fergie and Janice Croze).

Other suggestions included:

- nannies, babysitters or aupairs

- DVDs, Disney Channel, Nick Jr.

- Starbucks, Panera, local coffee shop with wifi

- booze

I can tell you what I’ve decided to do. I told the babysitter that she has to keep the kids out of the house for as long as possible. And as of October 31 (coinciding with Chicago weather that will NOT be conducive to staying outside), the kids are going into a wonderful after school program at a neighborhood crafting center. Working through the night is not an option for me, since most of my work involves conference calls and meetings, so fingers are crossed that this will work!

What do you guys do to create your own quiet workspace?

 

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