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.
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?
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.