EP 110: How to Set Work Boundaries With Your Kids

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If you’re a mompreneur that works from home while your kids are present, then you are extremely familiar with the work-life balance juggling act that accompanies any effort to get your tasks done in a reasonable amount of time.

As much as we try to pull our husbands in to help direct kid traffic (“Honey, PLEASE keep the kids out of my office for just one hour… I’m begging you!”), our crafty little cubs know how to stealthily bypass daddy radar with the skills of an escape room artist - they still find their way to us no matter what.

Although we love them with all of our mommy hearts, not even they are immune to our need to set healthy boundaries with them so we can invest in other things that matter to us, like our business.

Kelly and Deanna talk about some of their struggles with creating work boundaries at home with their children, and give tips on how to successfully and lovingly overcome them

What we discuss - don’t miss it! 

  • How creating a dedicated work space not only helps you stay focused and organized, but communicates a boundary to your entire family.

  • Why how your spend your “not-working” time is just as important as how you spend your work time.

  • Although working from home allows for time flexibility, learning to say NO to others without feeling guilty is vital to protecting our work.

  • The number 1 tool in creating necessary work boundaries - communication.

  • And, we give some tips on how to maneuver your workflow with small kids hanging around.

QUOTES

“A dedicated work space communicates boundaries to your children without you having to say a word.”

“If you’re distracted [with work] when your supposed to be spending time with your children, don’t expect them to respect your boundaries when you are working.”

“We don’t have to get defensive when someone doesn’t understand what our working from home looks like. We just need to understand our boundaries and communicate them.”

“Attention-seeking children are often actually seeking connection, and what that connection is is actually on a emotional-level attention - they need a little more than a pat on the head.”

“If you need to integrate small children into your work, pair that time with no-brainer or low-brainer tasks.”

“We need boundaries with kids because we are raising kids who are loving and responsible.”

RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED

BLOG: How to Create Work Boundaries With Your Kids with Vanessa Wright

The Pomodoro Technique for Work

Setting Boundaries With Your Attention-Seeking Child

Julie Stoian - The 100-50-10 System

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