So on days like this, it makes me wonder how people who work at home ever get anything done. I know that some people hire sitters, even when they’re home. I used to do that at least once a week. But I can’t afford to do that all the time on my salary ($0 most of the time).
I get so angry with the kids, sometimes, too, because I have adult expectations and the kids don’t understand them. “I just want fifteen minutes! Please! Go play with your brothers and then I’ll get you everything you need!” But three-year-olds don’t respond very well to time limits, since, you know, they can’t tell time.
Sometimes, I think to myself, I’ll just work on what I need to do and ignore the kids. But then the guilt and worry sets in. Often that worry is legitimate, like today when I was typing and noticed baby girl had disappeared. She had reached the end of our street by the time I found her. Other times, I’m just worried their brains will end up warped if I give them an extra twenty minutes of screen time so I can get my work done.
Some kids can take care of themselves better than others. I don’t worry about my middle child when I’m on the computer. I know he’ll tell me where he’s going if he wants to leave, or that he’ll call his friend himself when he wants to play. The child’s been known to make his own lunch. But other kids require more supervision, and it doesn’t always correlate with age. Once DH’s coworker brought his four-year-old daughter to work and we both laughed just thinking about that. We knew our kids would never survive a day at DH's office, not in a million, trillion years.
Today, I can relate better than ever to those moms who work at whatever it might be for themselves, for their jobs, or for the house while their kids are at home. They should really wear superhero capes, because they try (and incredibly still, sometimes succeed!) to do the impossible.
Do you have any tips for getting work done at home?