How do you work from home when the kids are sick? Many things in life get easier once you are working from home, but taking care of sick kids isn’t one of them. In theory, it seems like it would be; you are already home, after all. But where traditional jobs will give you built-in sick days that you can take while still getting paid, most work-at-home jobs do not. So, what are you to do?

Tips for Working from Home When the Kids Are Sick

Tips for Working from Home When the Kids Are Sick

Take a Sick Day

If possible, go ahead and take one. Maybe you have scored a job that lets you take a day with pay, or maybe you will have to accept that you are not going to make money that day, but there will not be any further consequences. Whenever this is an option, this is the way to go. However, there are many reasons why this might not work for you. If it doesn’t, try the options below.

Scale Down Your Duties

When you look at your to-do list, you see 10 different items. Prioritize those that are the most vital and ensure you complete them. Everything else, you can get to if you can, and if not, this will just be a less productive day. Yes, this can be a hard pill to swallow, especially since the work will still need to be done eventually and that means tough days ahead. However, the payoff means it will generally be worth it.

Talk to Clients

The biggest fear you likely have is disappointing your clients. But you might be surprised by how flexible they are. Send them an email or call them to explain your situation and ask if you could push any deadlines out a little bit further. This could give you the wiggle room you need to make scaling down your duties work.

Prepare for Clean Up

This one will depend on what your child is sick with, but one of the hardest parts of being at home with sick children is cleaning up after them when they have a stomach bug. It is time-consuming and can really pull you away from your work. Do your best to set up the area your child is in so that you can make clean up pretty quick, even if the actual laundry steps might have to wait while the linens sit in a trash bag in the garage. Hey, parenthood can’t always be glamorous.

Always Stay Ahead

This is something you cannot do in the moment, but it will make dealing with sick kids easier in the long run. Work to make sure you are always ahead of your due dates. If you can work to have a one or two day buffer for yourself, you make it a lot easier to take a day off to attend to a sick child without disappointing clients and without stressing yourself

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May 2, 2016

Tips for Working from Home When the Kids Are Sick

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