Working a business around an active 2 year old boy!

How many of you MOMpreneurs out there are working your business around little kiddos? My son who is 2 1/2 is AWESOME (I'm totally bias) but at the same time is into EVERYTHING! I can't turn my back for one minute and he is already either "trying" to play with his baby sister, painting the wall with my nail polish or calling people with my phone! Can any of you relate??

How to run a business from home with an active 2 year old.

Trust me, I don't have it all together nor do I claim to! There are those days that I need to get things done and I just don't have it in me to press forward. Those of you who know my son know that he is usually pretty easy going but there are those days where I feel like all I say is "Jaylen, get out of there", or "No don't play with that" or "Be gentle with your sister!"

How do you still work through the chaos of having an active 2 year old?

1. Realize what you do is bigger than you.

What do I mean? In your business, it is not about YOU! It is not about what you can accomplish but about what you can do for others. Whether it is helping them with their health, beauty, websites etc. Whatever your niche is, you have a solution for others. That keeps you pushing through on those tough days when you want to throw in the towel.

2. Things will not always be perfect.

He does not always nap at the same time or at all on some days! Just go with the flow. Instead of getting upset about the no-nap days, know that most likely it will be an early bedtime. Shift your business activities until later if possible.

3. Break up your business tasks

If you can not devote 2 hours to your business at one time, break up the business tasks. If you had on your to-do list to make some calls, make one call and then play with your toddler. Make another call then play again. This way there is a nice balance between getting things done for your business and spending time with your child. Then your child won't get frustrated because you are trying to get everything done in one sitting.

4. Be creative!

On those days when I need to devote some undivided attention to my work, I wake up earlier than my kiddos. For example, this morning the baby woke up at 6:45 to eat. After I fed her I sat down to the computer to write a blog post and schedule some social media promoting. During the day if I need to hop on a Webinar or Skype call I will let Jaylen play with the Ipad and do puzzles or flashcards. This usually gives me about 30 minutes to devote to my business.

The great thing about interacting with other MOMpreneurs is that we get it! We understand how challenging yet rewarding it is to work a business from home around your family. Take a deep breath because what you are doing is AMAZING and you aren't alone! XOXO

 

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Comment by Stephanie Person on June 19, 2013 at 11:52am

So true Angela! I love how you start the day at the gym and just be by yourself for a bit. It really does make a big difference when you can focus. What a great idea for the crafts and totally worth it to prepare! Thanks for your comment!! Connect up with me on Twitter hun! @StephPerson77

Comment by Angela Barrett on June 19, 2013 at 6:12am
I have 3 girls. 6,3.5 and almost 2. I get up at 5am to go work out and shower in peace at the gym. That helps set my day off on a great course. I'm totally not a morning person but I love waking up with no responsibility other than getting myself up and out the door. I then have about 1.5hrs to focus on my business stuff. I used to do chores during this time but found I could get so much work done during this time it allowed me to be more free during the girls awake time. If I need to talk on the phone or meet with someone during the day the girls get to do a craft from the craft box. It's full of individual crafts in large freezer bags. I make them at the beginning of the week and they are all inclusive. So no searching for markers,glue etc. it takes a little prep on Sunday but totally worth it! My 3.5 and 6 yr old love it! We use the Stop Drop Roll method in our house. When the girls need me I stop what in doing,drop to their level and roll with what they need. This makes it so much easier to meet a need quickly and less tears or frustration. It is possible to balance mommy business and business stuff. Just takes creativity :)

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