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How to balance working from home with kids

Posted: 6:42 AM, Jun 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-13 11:42:04Z
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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Sixty-one percent of American couples with children both work, and balancing work and childcare can feel impossible even if one works at home.

Elisabeth Tyroler didn't want to give up her work after having two children.

Tyroler told Ivanhoe, "I was a stay at home parent who wasn't able to bring myself not to work, I just managed to find ways to work, even as a stay at home parent."

But with the average annual cost of daycare reaching over $20,000, many freelance and remote workers have work from home with their kids.

"I was working at 3 o'clock in the morning and I didn't want my clients to see that I was working at 3 o'clock in the morning so I would schedule work emails to go out during work hours, 9 to 5, instead of admitting that I was up editing photos in the middle of the night," Tyroler said.

A recent New York Times article suggests moving up your child's bedtime to get in a few more hours of quiet work. During the day, create boundaries such as a "stop" sign on the door that lets your child know you are not to be bothered. Consider in-home child care and use noise canceling headphones or a white noise machine to block any distractions. For young babies, use a baby wrap so you can be close to your little one while still having both hands free to work.

Open.buffer.com suggests that when it comes to your phone, leave it at your desk when you spend time with your children.