Do you have a conference call and you need to keep your kids occupied while you work from home? We’ve all been there. Trust me!
Conference calls are a necessary evil for the work-at-home mom. There’s no way around them. Not everything can be done via email. I mean, I WISH that was the case – but for some reason, the rest of society likes human interaction.
I mean, who even invented Zoom? Video conferencing is literally evil. Every time I see one of those links come through… I just about pass out because it means a shower and a full house revamp. My life is chaotic ENOUGH.
Look, I get it all done and get it all done with pride… but I don’t typically like people taking a peek behind my curtain. How I end up at the finish line is my secret – and it’s a messy one.
The question I get asked the most is, “How do you do it?”
In other words, how on EARTH do I manage to run a business out of my home with three kids and not lose my mind? That’s what women are really asking me. They aren’t asking me how I earn the money I earn. They aren’t asking me how I align myself with top tier companies. These women are asking me do I get through a full week while still holding onto my sanity and then wake up on Monday and choose to do it all over again.
Planning Is Key To Keeping Your Kids Occupied
I am the ultimate planner, a spreadsheet maker, a goal keeper. I am very organized when it comes to work. Not so much my personal life! LOL! But if you want to know anything about my business plan, I will take you down a very dark rabbit hole called ” Google Drive” and I will blow your mind.
This also rings true when it comes to my children. If I have a conference call, I just don’t hope for the best and assume that everything will turn out ok during my hour away from them tucked behind a closed door. That is a recipe for disaster. It takes planning to keep your kids occupied
12 Activities To Keep Your Kids Occupied While You’re On A Conference Call
I prepare several different coloring pages and printables for my children to enjoy. I have so many to choose from here –> they are all free.
Keeping construction paper and glue on hand to keep your kids occupied in case you have a last-minute call pop up on your calendar is always a good idea. Hop on over to a site like this, choose an idea that you feel your child can handle on their own, and leave the instructions up on your computer OR print out instructions for them to reference later.
Nature drawing is so much fun because it allows the kids to spend some time outdoors! Keep your kids occupied while you watch from the window, letting the kids explore the backyard for supplies they will need to create their own piece of art.
Friendship bracelets were so 80s, right? Well, I used to love them and my daughter does too! Here’s a great video showcasing a few easy patterns. Just be sure to have the string on hand. Like I said – it’s good to be prepared for future calls. Have these products stored away for a rainy day, errrr, I mean a conference call.
Looking for online virtual tours to take with the kids during the school break? In search of some educational fun? I found 20 virtual field trips that well-known establishments have put in place for curious explores to enjoy from the comforts of their own homes. And the tech is amazing!
Floating Ball Activity – Have the kids construct and then compete against one another for who can hold the ball up the longest.
Reading a Book – no link needed.
When iPads and cartoons are out of the question these kids activity packs will keep their interests engaged and attention occupied for hours.
Knitting is such a great skill to teach children – my daughter’s best friend is an avid knitter and I love when she sends along scarves and hats for us to enjoy.
Learning games on the iPad can’t hurtPop in their favorite movie.
Do you have any tips you’d like to add to keep your kids occupied?
Would love to hear them because you know that I am in the same boat as you!
While a work-at-home mom has unique struggles of her own, I will say that I wouldn’t have it any other way. I will take hiding in the bathing while taking a conference call any day of the week.
I know it sounds crazy, but I feel so lucky that I get to be home with my kids while still building out my business. It’s almost like I am getting the best of both worlds!!