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The Kid Zone

If you work from home with children around for part or all of the time and you have a dedicated office, you can start teaching your children that when the door is shut, they must respect that serious work is going on and that you must only be disturbed for crises. “Crises,” however, has different definitions for adults and children. You might feel that a crisis means the toilet is overflowing and flooding the bathroom. Or that two siblings are fighting a “Wrestling Deathmatch” that looks like it might lead to actual bloodshed. “Crisis,” to a child, may mean the peanut butter can't be found or your child has just finished the last—the very last!—chocolate chip cookie in the Keebler bag. So good communication, just as it is in an outside office, is key. Define what crisis means and never, ever assume.

If you are fortunate enough to have an office with a door, this can help you get into the “office mindset.” This can also create a mental line of demarcation between being “in the office” and being “at home.” A door creates an illusion or atmosphere of professionalism and helps cut down on distractions.


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