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Why Do My Kids Go To Daycare When I Work From Home?

May 28, 2017

I started working from home in 2012 and at that time my son was just a newborn and things were really easy then. He would eat, sleep, poop, look at me, play a little and repeat. Working from home with him was awesome because I could have the best of both worlds – mom life and work life all in one. But as he got older and started walking around and started needing more one on one attention I found it more challenging to get work done while he was awake.

When he was almost years old, my husband and I made the decision to enroll him in a pre school program to give me free time during the day to get my work done and to give our son an opportunity to interact with children his own and age and as a former teacher I knew attending a pre-school program would introduce him to learning in a more structured environment.  This was the best decision for us and I encourage you to consider the same.

Joel in pre school at 21 months old

When we started looking for places to enroll him it was a bit overwhelming.  Where should he go?  Who will care for him?  Can I be away from him all day?  Maybe he should go for only a few hours? Simply put I was nervous and felt low key guilty. I mean I’m home, why shouldn’t he?  Because even though I’m home, I am working. If you’re a work from home mom or even if you’re a stay at home mom you should never feel guilty about making the decision to put your children in pre-school.  It’s not a prison its a healthy learning environment and thanks to facilities like KidsPark your little ones can learn without even knowing it.

KidsPark offers hourly child care by licensed Early Childhood Education teachers any time you need it for any reason.  Now this is something my children’s current daycare does not offer.  KidsPark offers traditional Monday to Friday childcare, but where they take their services above and beyond is through their evening care and on Fridays and Saturdays they open until midnight.  Say what now?

Joel having breakfast at pre school, 21 months old

What I Do When My Kids Are At Pre School

Phone/Skype Meetings – I’d prefer not having my kids interrupt me for juice or to break up a fight.

Filming YouTube Videos & Recording Podcasts –  I’m much more productive when I don’t have to keep yelling at my kids to keep it down because I can here them in my video.

Writing Blog Posts – Have you ever tried to write a paper or a report with a ton of background noise?  Girl you know it’s hella distracting.  The focus that I need to simply think is so much easier when my kids aren’t calling for my attention.

Editing YouTube Videos – Editing videos takes hours! Now add on the constant interruptions from my children to help meet their needs and this can turn into days.

Processing Orders – This year I started selling merchandise and I launched the Elle P Stewart Boutique.  I can process orders and pack them for shipping with peach of mind.

Joel and Elle are now at an age where they aren’t as dependent on me as they were as newborns to early toddler making it easier for me to have them to stay at home with me during the day.   But there are still times where it’s much more convenient having them at pre-school so for now they go two to three days a week.

My current child care situation has days and weeks when they are closed for Holidays, Kids Park offers child care for all of your needs not limited to work obligations and they offer back up care for children when their regular provider is unavailable or school is closed.  If you need to run errands, attend school or enjoy an evening out you are covered without planning weeks in advance.  It’s a great way for children to have playmates and learn to be independent and super convenient for parents.

I really wish there was a KidsPark near me I’d sign up in a heart beat. Click here to see if there is a KidsPark location near you!

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Ashley May 29, 2017 at 9:15 am

    I work at home too and during the Summer or breaks it can be hard to get things done with the kids home. It is nice you have this resource to give you the time you need to get things done.

  • Reply Heather Lawrence May 29, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    LOL, so I run a day home in my house and watch 3 little friends while their mommies work.
    It can be hard getting everything done with them here but we sure do try 😉

  • Reply Liz Mays May 29, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I didn’t discover the world of blogging until my kids were older. I can imagine that it’s tough to be productive when you have little ones around. I think giving your kids a head start before K-12 by letting them learn and interact with others in a preschool is a good idea.

  • Reply Milena May 29, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    It’s hard to work at home with kids. I did it because I didn’t have a choice.

  • Reply Rebecca Bryant May 29, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    It sounds like you found a great place for your kids and a routine that works for you all. BTW your kids are too adorable.

  • Reply Amber Pilcher May 30, 2017 at 2:48 am

    I work from home too, and I COMPLETELY understand your reasoning for sending the kids to daycare. My daughter goes to school during the day, so I’m able to get tons of work done during those hours (even though they tend to fly by).

  • Reply Patricia May 31, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    I understand your reasoning to send your kids to preschool, and for the reasons you said, I think it can be good. It not only helps them learn things in a more structured environment, but helps them develop effective social skills for their futures too. KidsPark sounds like a good program for kids of all ages.

  • Reply Pilar May 31, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    KidsPark sounds like a great option! Nice post and I loved all your pictures, your kids are so cute! 😀
    xoxo, Pilar
    http://thelifestylehunter.com

  • Reply Tina May 31, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I love that you worked out a solution that works for all of you! And I would do the same if it was me 🙂 Preschool is fantastic for kids and it’s great that you are giving them what is best for their development. Your children are adorable btw! <3

  • Reply Andrea Broom May 31, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I don’t have kids, working from home is tough and sometimes we need to get something done right away and any distraction can cause a delay. I am glad you were able to find a solution that works for all of you. BTW your kids are way adorable.

  • Reply Nidhi Kapur June 1, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Work from time with kids is toughest! Productivity is bad on both sides with work and kids. Better to enroll kids for few hours and focus in both aspects separately

  • Reply Nidhi Kapur June 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

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  • Reply soumya June 3, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Very good post.

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