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Hi all,<br>
How do you manage?!? I run an online store and in home boutique (by appt only) and am having such trouble balancing my 2 1/2 year old dd and work. I mostly find it a problem when customers come over and she gets into things she shouldn't or wants to look at their babies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> She doesn't really do anything wrong, it's just hard to concentrate on the customer and deal with her as well. I've tried setting her up with an activity in another room but she won't stand for it, she always wants to come with me! Now I've got 2 more on the way and I don't know how I'm going to cope! It's not possible to schedule appts around dh's work as he's in real estate and his schedule is very erratic.<br><br>
So, any secrets to share? When do you get your work done? And how?<br><br>
Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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For a couple of years I simply hired a nanny. She took care of Emily while I did the bulk of my work. This was back when I was mostly doing web development and I need to concentrate on programming and couldn't be so distracted.<br><br>
It started with 2 hours a day, Mon-Wed-Fri and eventually I was making enough money to have a nanny come Mon-Fri for 5.5 hours per day! Boy was I getting a lot of quality work done!<br><br>
Then finances took a turn for the worse when the economy went bad. We laid off the nanny and I was taking care of Emily by myself during the day. I had to get up at 6am and work for 2 hours before she got up. Then I would work again while she was napping for another 2 hours, and finally finish up my work for the day after she went to bed. It left little time to be with hubby, but we really needed my income.<br><br>
Now, my hubby works at home too (he ditched his office to save money) and we take turns taking care of Emily. We also just enrolled her in preschool so I have 3.5 hours three days a week to work uninterrupted.<br><br>
But now I have a new baby! 1 month old and so there's a new piece to the work/family equation. Luckily he sleeps so much that it hasn't affected my schedule much. I get most of my weekly work done while Emily is at preschool.<br><br>
If I were you, I would schedule appointment hours at a specific time period, like 3pm to 5pm every day or something. And then I would hire a high school student to come over and play with your daughter during those periods, or whatever time works for you. The cost would be like $5 to $7/hour. Would it pay to have someone watch your child during that time?<br><br>
How often do you see clients? Could you schedule everyone to come at a certain time on a certain day or do you pretty much have to let them come whenever they want?
 

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This is my first week of real work from home, and although this morning is going great, I too am wondering what I am going to do to keep Kailey happy, healthy, entertained, and give her quality mommy time. Right now she is doing puzzles, and will occasionally come over to watch me sew(and i tell her what I am doing) then she is off to playing again.<br><br>
PS- I can nurse AND sew! LOL!<br><br>
How long should I work before taking a break to hang with Kailey?<br><br>
This is all super new!<br><br>
UGH~ Sorry for hyjacking, but thought it would be redundant to start a new thread on the same issue <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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