How to Get Work Done With the Kids Around

 

As all working mothers know, it can be hard to get work done when your kids are around. Even your greatest intentions can be thwarted as you set up a meeting in advance at a time when you know your kids will be out, or the baby will be napping; only to get a call from the school to say your little one’s got a stomach ache and needs to come home, or the baby wakes up for no good reason at all…

 

Canceled meeting, grouchy momma, crying children, oh my. Work can be stressful enough without trying to juggle it with your kids. And if working from home is seriously getting to you, it’s time to take a timeout and rethink your priorities.

 

Put Your Health First

Before you start working into the small hours or getting up in the dark to finish off a presentation, article, or client bid, make sure you think about your health first. Remember that a lot of people are relying on you (you know, the little ones you gave birth to; not the ones pushing you to hit targets), and making yourself sick from burnout isn’t going to do anyone any favors.

 

So if your quality of sleep has diminished, you’re experiencing aches and pains in the neck, head, or jaw, the chances are that you’re grinding your teeth in your sleep. Try consulting with a dental health care provider like J&S Dental Lab to see if a dental night guard could help ease your discomfort and wake up with a clearer head in the morning.

 

Also, try to make time for a brisk walk, jog, or workout, at least three or four times a week, and eat sensibly, as neglecting any of these things can leave you running on low battery, which is detrimental to your productivity.

 

Ask For Help

Now that you’ve made sure you’re looking after yourself too, remember that you don’t have to be superwoman. Ask your partner for help getting the chores done and make sure they understand that parenting is about teamwork, and that sometimes you need their help.

 

If you’re a single Mom, then try leaning on your parents, friends and other family members from time to time. You might think you can handle it all on your own, but you’ll end up giving everyone else the worst version of yourself. So get someone to watch the kids, even for just an hour or two, while you power through a pile of outstanding orders.

 

Try Outsourcing

If you haven’t looked into getting help online yet, then it’s about time you did. Sites like Upwork or Fancy Hands are great for getting admin help, writing, design, and even phone calls made, and PowerPoint presentations done. The costs are affordable and you can read about the freelancer’s profile and past experience to make sure they’re a good fit for you.

 

Power Through

If you’ve invested in your health, asked for help, and outsourced, but you still don’t have enough hours in the day to get your work done, then you may have no other option except to power through. As long as you’re getting at least six hours’ sleep a night, taking advantage of every moment before midnight that the kids are sleeping to meet the occasional deadline won’t kill you. And if you want to find out more information about the benefits of a custom night guard to wear while you’re sleeping, click here.

 

 

Guest Poster

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Sam Jones is a digital marketing expert, social media and branding consultant and guest blogger for various publications, including Business2Community, Inbound.org and TestPrepPlace.com. In her free time, Sam is an avid traveler, foodie and lover of all things technology. She’s also a fitness fanatic (in the making).

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Recycle Baby Toys As Kitten Toys!

Our not so little family has been blessed to welcome a feral little kitten that has turned into such a little love bug. Our new kitten now called “River” due to her reminding us of the character “River Tam” from the show Firefly quickly showed us that it wasn’t yet the right time to retire some toys our 9 month old baby no longer has interest in. We learned that old baby toys can make wonderful toys for kittens. We posted a video online and learned that other people loved this idea and hadn’t have thought about this possibility had they not seen River having such a great time. So without further ado, here is River having a blast with a baby toy we thought we no longer needed.

 

     Recycle Baby Toys

This playmat toy for babies is not the only toy the new kitten loves. She loves the balls the baby still plays with, anything that has the crinkle sound, rattles to bat around, and stuffed animals about her same size to try and wrestle with. While kittens certainly can chew and claw things up more than a baby I think if a toy is baby safe that with supervision it should be kitten safe as well! If you are looking to entertain an energetic kitten or trying to help one be more social and tame it perhaps pick up some used baby toys for it to explore and play with.

So far I am thrilled that the kitten has toys she knows she can sink her claws into and it has helped her stay clear of clawing up the furniture!

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Mom’s Favorite Option for Text Message Monitoring

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Mom’s Favorite Option for Text Message Monitoring I believe in homeschooling and that’s what I’ve been sticking to, but I also know that millions of mom’s out there prefer sending their kids to schools. There are many pros of sending your kids out, there’s no doubt about that, but then we live in a digital […]

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The Toll on the American Mother

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Bringing up Baby: Costs & Habit Insights of the American Mom from zulily.com     In celebration of moms this Mother’s Day, online retailer zulily.com is honoring new moms nationwide by taking a closer look at something they all can relate to –budgeting for all things baby!   Read on here for some of the […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Kids Shower Heads

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The Ultimate Guide to Kids Shower Heads Description: Thinking of getting a shower head for kids? Get the best tips and advice in this article. Most kids love to play with water, and so bath time and showering can be a fun adventure. If your child is ready to make the transition from the baby […]

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You wouldn’t have been able to say no to this Kitten either!

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Kittens Make Things Better Right?   For a while now I have thought about getting a kitten. Our lives are hurting from cancer in the family, and chaos around the home situation and so many things hard on the heart. I wanted something tiny to cuddle and cry with to be honest. I would often […]

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Teleflora – One Tough Mother – Still Loves Flowers

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ONE TOUGH MOTHER No one ever said motherhood was easy. It’s a tough, gritty, no-pain-no-gain job that takes strength, courage and a whole lot of love. A mother’s perseverance is inspiring to say the least. Yes, motherhood is a struggle, but through all the difficulty comes reward – an endless supply. Motherhood isn’t always hearts […]

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Introducing Homeselfe – Enter to Win $250

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Everyone knows what a selfie is right? A photo you take of yourself. People take these for all kinds of reasons, to help share your life with loved ones and fan, to get advice, to be silly, and many other reasons. So what would you think a home selfie would be about? At first I […]

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Still Time for Robot Summer Camp for the Kids! 55% off with code!

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MY READERS RECEIVE 55% Off now with Code: TEX1660M15 [email protected] #robots4u Summer Camp can be an important aspect of growing up for many kids. It is almost May and most parents already have their summer for the kids planned and spaces all over the place are filling up. Thankfully there is still time to get […]

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Nature vs. Technology in Childhood- An Unhealthy False Dichotomy

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Nature vs. Technology in Childhood In the Crunchy Parenting world the Natural World is our playground and most of us worship the ground we all walk on. That is understandable for Mother nature grows and raised us all. However…. the same community I so adore has this idea that Technology is some how the enemy […]

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Empowering Women To Change Their Destiny

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As a woman and mother to 5 amazing daughter I was overwhelmed by a story and movement I heard about. The Skincare Brand SK-ll has been promoting a campaign to help empower women to change their destiny. You would think the campaign would have something to do with beauty, and indeed I think the cause is […]

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Enjoy Spring Fishing With Kids

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It is no secret that modern society has taken most of us far from nature and some of us are struggling to get back to it. Too many children are not at all excited or interested in the outside world anymore and as parents it is our job to help them to connect to nature. […]

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10 Adult Coloring Books Not To Miss

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Unless you are living under a rock you have heard about all the wonderful reasons adults should embrace their younger selves and get back to coloring. Coloring books for adults have come a long way from the ones of our childhoods though. You can find adult coloring books in just about any theme and they […]

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Homeschooling Secular Easter – Printable

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How we homeschool around Secular Easter Not every homeschool family is obber religious as you might well know. Some actually go out of our way to be secular, or free from religion. Others go out of their way to put modern religions in the same box as they do ancient religions, sharing the facts without […]

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Why I am not going to say “Fed is Best”

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The Breast Is Best Argument   One of the blogs I like to follow sadly put down an informational research based post on breastfeeding. I was rather stunned, what mother or Human Being for that matter would put down the benefits of breastfeeding? Why? You see there is a well meaning PC trend right now […]

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STEM Parents don’t miss this 60% Off ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camp

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One of the things most modern parents are concerned about is if their children are getting enough STEM in their lives. Certainly many public schools are still dropping the ball with this. Summers schools offer a great chance to get solid STEM time in. When I saw this deal I knew I had to share […]

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How to dress your beautiful bump like the best dressed bumps!

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  With a new celebrity baby announcement released almost every day, it seems there are more haute moms-to-be than ever before. And with that, plenty of fashion inspiration!   We’ve enlisted 

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Portable Device Trends: Will Crossover Lead to Phasing Out?

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  It is very apparent that technology grows exponentially. The counteraction of technology is evident with the quick progression of new devices and the gradual phasing out of old ones. Laptops, tablets and smartphones are the most used and fastest growing devices in the world; it can be exciting to watch. Since their advent, their […]

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Guest Post- Building an up-cycled chicken coop for under $50

Building a $50 Chicken Coop Every year has a new decor trend but in recent years people have been going crazy for pallet furniture. There’s no doubt that we have made some questionable decor choices in the past (who else here remembers inflatable furniture?). Even benches made from old headboards was popular at one time. […]

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For comfort you can trust try Depend! Specially when expecting! Freebie – #Underwareness

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Leaks Happen but Life Doesn’t Have To Stop! Did you know there are more people in their 20’s than in their 80’s that have bladder leakage? As a mom soon to give birth for the 7th time this doesn’t shock me. There are so many reasons for bladder leakage and one of them that isn’t […]

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5 Steps to Start Investing in Healthy Skin

  Look in the mirror and what do you see? The answer – skin and a lot of it. Our birthday suits are our first line of defense against a world that’s now full of chemicals, toxins, free radicals and UV rays. Not to mention all the blunt and sharp objects that can do serious […]

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Hard to put your love into words? Try this! – Valentine’s Day Review!

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After 18 years of being married one of my favorite flower companies has to be Teleflora. My husband has on more than a few occasions sent me lovely flowers when he was deployed, even in war zones from this company who always helped him find beautiful bouquets for me. Oh my goodness the happy tears […]

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Hell has no fury compared to The Profit Fans and 240 Sweets!

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We can’t believe the mess going on with 240 Sweet! A little over a year ago I helped my baby sister get into blogging. I loved it and thought she would too. I helped her create freerangemommy.com and it has been such a joy for her. She specially loves reviewing products and she is good at […]

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Guest Post: Good Parenting from Head to Toe

  Being a parent isn’t easy. Between worrying about your children’s health and wellbeing and whether you’ll have enough money to send them to college, sometimes you can feel overstretched and overwhelmed. But good parenting isn’t just about the big opportunities you can give your children or the shiny new things you buy them. Being […]

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Impressed with online Glasses – Firmoo

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I had long read about buying affordable but stylish glasses online but stayed clear of it because I thought it must be complicated or hard to get the right fit and I really dislike returning products I get online so I try to avoid buying anything I think I might have to return. When I was given the chance to review […]

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#formulaforhappiness – These Odd Things Make Baby Happy

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This blog post is sponsored by Gerber® Good Start® and we are so happy to a part of their #formulaforhappiness story! It has long been said that parents wish babies came with manual that says just what their baby will want and need and when. Of course there are great books out there but if you are […]

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For the Love of Dyson! Why oh Why!

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For many years now I have heard amazing things about Dyson vacuums, the following this brand has is fantastic and passionate about their beloved vacuums. I can’t say I really understood, but then I have not had the most healthy relationship with vacuums. They tend to die a very young death here, living only about […]

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Top Toy Trends for the Holiday Season from zulily that will last in 2016

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“The following is a sponsored post. While I was compensated for it, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own and in no way were influenced by the company.”   ’Tis the season for gifting little ones the toys they’ve been wanting all year long. This year, it’s not just about play […]

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Giveaway – House of Fraser Gift Card

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WIN £150 HOUSE OF FRASER GIFT CARD Bargainfox has put together this House of Fraser Gift Card Giveaway and I am happy to tell you about here on littlecrunchy.com as House of Frazer is so much fun to shop at. They seem to have something for everyone, be it my husband, the kids, and those impossible to […]

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Our New Favorite Baby Wipes: WaterWipes

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This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. My Favorite Baby Wipes Target is now the place we get our baby wipes because they carry the new WaterWipes my family loves and trusts with our sweet little baby. These wipes are […]

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