Home » Business » Management

Can You Have A Business And Kids?

Apr 14, 2008
Many parents want to have a work at home business so that they can spend more time with their children and give them a better quality of life.

This is a noble idea and in theory sounds great but as with most things, when you put it into practice it is not so perfect. There are a lot of challenges to working at home and caring for your children at the same time. If you are looking to have a mix of a home business and kids then you are going to have a very differently defined work schedule than a parent that works out side of the home. It can be difficult to make your kids understand that even though mommy or daddy are at home, they are working and cannot be disturbed. You are going to have to train your children to accept this fact and it will not be easy at first.

If you want to be successful with a home based business or even just work at home employment you are going to have to resign yourself to the fact that you are just not going to get all the work done that you would like to. Now on occasion you might, but most of the time you probably will come close but not get all of your work done. Most people that work at home will take on more than they realistically can do and if you throw some kids into the mix, then all bets are off. If you are looking to work and have your children around as well you never know when you are going to have to stop work and deal with some sort of emergency. However there are ways to deal with this and set yourself up so that maybe you can stop the amount of time you are disturbed or even schedule the time as well.

The best thing you can do to make sure that you have a stress free work day is to realize that you have to be flexible. If you are willing and able to approach your work with an attitude that you have to be flexible then you will have a better quality of life and your business and kids can happily coexist. An example of this flexible attitude is if your kids need some attention from you during the time you have allotted for work, what is the best way to handle this? You need to resign yourself to the fact that you will need to take a break and help them with what they need. It might even be better for your mindset if you just schedule a break at a certain time each day and let your children know that they need to not disturb you until break time. You might then need to make up that time for your business after they have gone to bed. Another strategy that you might be able to use to get that undisturbed work time is to give them motivation through the enticement of fun time or play time with mommy or daddy. The deal could be that if your children give you so many hours of undisturbed business time then you will give them an hour of fun at the park or the zoo or some additional activity they like.
About the Author
Ioannis Mitrou is a Dentist Surgeon with his private dental clinic for 15 years.He lives in Thessaloniki/Greece. He is married and has a son 7 years old. http://www.trade4net.com http://www.trade4net/blog http://www.trade4net/wpblog
Please Rate:
(Average: 5.0 stars by 2 users)
Views: 112
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories