Tips for Working from Home with a Toddler (2-Year Old)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Hey friends! I hope you all are staying healthy and surviving this whole stay at home situation.

I'm so lucky my company is allowing me to work from home, while also caring for my 2-year old. But I'll be honest it's been extremely hard. We are in full on survival mode, and I wanted to share some of the tips on how we are staying sane. 

Tip #1: Keep your normal schedule, with flexibility

We are trying to keep our normal schedule as much as possible, but at the same time there is some flexibility. I'm not trying to home school or schedule a bunch of activities. I have work commitments and conference calls that flex throughout the week, so it's hard to commit to a tight schedule.

Our schedule looks a little like this:

6:30 - 7 am: Mama wakes up and gets ready

7:30 am: Matthew wakes up

8 am: Milk and cuddle time on the couch

8:30 am: Walk the dogs

9 am: Breakfast/Mama logs on for work

9 am - Noon: Conference calls, emails, toddler activities, screen time (if needed), Yoga Time, survive!

Noon: Lunch

12:30: Get wiggles out, then wind down for nap

1 - 4 pm: Matthew nap time / Daddy takes over after nap

1 - 5:30 pm: Mama work time

5:30 pm: Family walk (if weather permits)

6 pm: Prep dinner

6:30 pm: Dinner

7:30 pm: Get wiggles out / Start bath time

8:30: Bedtime

9 pm - 11 pm: Mama time or catch up on work

Tip #2: Keep your toddler busy, but screen time/snacks are ok if necessary

I have been trying to keep lots of activities around to keep Matthew busy: Kiwi Crates, flashcards, coloring/painting materials, activities books, etc. But sometimes a little screen time and snacks are what you need to do. I keep reminding myself this is hopefully a short term situation and everyone is in the same boat. So if there are days that require a bunch of screen time and snacks to survive, it will be OK. 

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Tip #3: Enjoy the extra time with your family

With all the stress this current situation brings, I'm really trying to enjoy the extra time with my son. I've never had a stay at home opportunity (other than my maternity leave), so I'm grateful for this extra time and am trying to soak up all the cuddles and the "Mama look" that I can before I do have to go back to work.

Tip #4: Give yourself some grace

This will hopefully be a temporary situation and we are all in this together. Understand you are going through a lot, your child doesn't understand and is going through a lot. Your spouse, pets and other family members are also trying to deal with this. It's a stressful time, and you are doing the best you can given the situation, so give yourself some grace. You are doing great Mama!

I saw a post on IG the other day that compared this situation to the newborn stage. We are all stuck at home, handling various situations with kiddos of all ages, and have no idea what day it is. But in the end we will all get through this and will be grateful for all the time we spent with our kids and family. Stay strong Mama!

Last week I documented a Day in the Life video of working from home with a toddler. There are some really sweet moments in this video, but there are also some #reallife #momlife moments where my toddler has a meltdown in the middle of a conference call, and I chat about some other challenging situations we have had over the last 2 weeks of this work from home with a toddler situation. 

Are you a work from home Mama? Whether you work from home or not, being a Mama has it's challenges, especially with this current situation. What are your biggest tips for surviving? Please share in the comments below.

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