A couple of weeks ago I posted about trying to work from home with a sick toddler. It wasn’t an easy few days but we got through it. Some mumma friends shared their tips and I learnt some tricks along the way. So here you go… How to work from home with a sick toddler.
- You know that line from Happy Gilmore “play it where it lies”? Well it turns out that’s a good rule for parents as well as golfers. If the bubba finds some happiness or crashes out somewhere random like in the ball pit, on the couch or in his/her tunnel, then let them stay there. Do not, I repeat DO NOT attempt to put them to bed. If possible bring your work to where they are and get a bit done while you can.
- Skip the shower. Seriously who’s going to know you’re stuck in the house anyway! Save it for later when hubby/wife/partner/support person is there. Unless bubs enjoys showering with you, in which case – bonus!
- If your stupid laptop decides to update when bubs falls asleep like mine did then throw it out the window!!! No don’t do that – you’re going to need it. Use this extra time as an opportunity to have that shower, make a cuppa (or a shot of Jager), or just do some social media stuff/emails on your phone or tablet while your laptop gets its act together.
- Ring any people you are supposed to meet with and either reschedule or see if they are happy to chat either over the phone or Skype instead. My clients were incredibly understanding and it really took the pressure off.
- If you’re trying to meet a deadline like I was, contact your client as soon as possible. Nine times out of ten a minimal 24 hour delay is manageable as long as you LET THEM KNOW.
- Accept help. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for, or accepting, help. Just keep in mind that you don’t want to spread any nasty germs to other children.
- I let my kiddo have his dummy during the day (he’s normally only allowed to have it at sleep times) and that got me a good hour or so of my happy little guy.
So while it’s not going to be the most productive day of your life, you will get through it. And when the day’s work is done you can go back to giving your guy or gal lots and lots of cuddles.