Parenting questions and answers can be helpful in finding solutions to the problems you face. Some challenges you face have a direct impact on your ability to work from home successfully. If you're a new parent, you'll quickly learn that there's no need to reinvent the wheel when you can rely on the advice of experienced parents. Here are a few questions with answers to 3 common parenting questions:
1. How Can I Keep My Toddler Busy While I Work?
Ideally, you want to work when your toddler is asleep, but there are times when that's not possible. You should have activities pre-planned and prepared ahead of time, so that you can whip them out if you're expecting a call or need to work online. Try assembling your own activity kits based on your child's likes and interests. Some ideas are:
- Mini-coloring books with coloring pencils, crayons and markers
- Magazines with child safety scissors, construction paper and glue
- Shoe laces with cardboard animals that are whole punched around the edges for your child to "knit" the laces through
- Wood and cardboard puzzles
Create themed kits, such as educational or fun kits, so you'll know which ones to give and when. You can store them in paper bags and label them with a marker. You can even store some in your car in case you need something to keep your toddlers entertained when they go with you to run business or personal errands.
2. When Will My Baby Sleep through the Night?
Lack of sleep does take its toll on you, especially when you're working from home. Babies wake up at night for food and comfort, and you need to be able to provide both no matter how tired you are. The good news is that this period of not sleeping does eventually pass. Most babies will sleep up to eight hours during the night by the time they turn nine months old, but some won't sleep that long until they are 12 months old or older. Breastfeeding and eating solids affects sleeping habits as well. Some work-at-home moms take advantage of waking up in the middle of the night, by staying up and working and napping with their babies during the day.
3. When Should I Potty Train?
Some moms have started potty training as young as 10 months old. There's no cookie-cutter answer to this question. Your child might be ready at one year old, or he may not be ready until age 3. Girls are more often ready much earlier than boys, but each child is different. Buy a portable potty and have it in a centralized area. Encourage your child to sit on it. When he seems interested, that's the time to give potty training a try.
Networking with other moms who have "been there, done that" is important for encouragement as well as counsel. They may have the answers to the parenting questions that you'll never read about, but were effective for them and may work for you.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.