6 Tips for Balancing Remote Work and Parenthood

A mother working remotely hugs her child at her desk

Working remotely can be challenging when you have children, but these tips can help you strike a balance.

Key takeaways:

  • Set realistic goals

  • Create age-appropriate boundaries for your children

  • Build flexibility into your professional and parenting schedules

  • Find tasks you can eliminate, even if it means lowering your standards

  • When spending time with your children, don't do any work

  • Be forgiving of yourself

  • Get help as needed

In theory, working from home can improve your work-life balance. You can say goodbye to long commutes, rock the baby while reading spreadsheets, and fold laundry while on conference calls. But in practice, working from home and raising children can muddle the work-life balance.

For over a generation, society has been peddling the idea that women can have it all. They can have stunning careers and great relationships with their children. Of course, this is almost impossible to achieve when you're trying to do both at the exact same time.

When your children need your attention, you'll struggle to complete work tasks. When your professional to-do list is overwhelming, you'll end up putting your kids on hold. Many parents in this situation struggle to find the right balance, and they become resentful of their work and home life.

Burnout is a real risk when you're working from home with children, but contrary to the headlines, it is possible to work remotely and raise children at the same time. You just need the right approach and a lot of flexibility. Check out these tips to help you manage this delicate balance.

1. Set realistic goals

Here's the truth – you often won't be able to get as much done at home while raising children, as you would be able to in an office alone. Your children will interrupt you, and research indicates that it can take 23 minutes to regain focus after an interruption. Based on this number, you risk losing almost four hours of productivity for every 10 interruptions.