If you're anything like me, you've probably tried working from home before. It probably seems like it would have been easier without kiddos running around (and I can attest to the fact that it was a least a lot quieter without my twin girls & big son). However, there's no greater reason to work from home than being able to be there for your family when they need you. After spending the last year building my stay-home income, I've come up with some pretty sweet tips to balance working from home with working around your awesome babies/kids. 

1 - Set Your Schedule. 

Like with anything else kid-related, having a regular schedule can be a blessing. Admittedly, my twin girls have no idea what the schedule is for, but my son knows that from 10 AM - 1 PM, I am unavailable for playtime. I allow short breaks for a quick conversation or two, but for the most part, I barricade myself in my study while I'm working. I also found that working 2 short shifts (10 AM - 1 PM and 10 PM - 1 AM) works best for me. It still gives me plenty of time to spend with my family, as well as plenty of time to earn money from home. 

2 - The Inbox. 

I'm sure that this has crossed many-a-mind, but I thought of this one all on my own. After being chronically interrupted by my twins & son, I decided to treat them like they were part of my business. I let them decorate a tray, which has served as their 'inboxes' for me. I told them any time they wanted to show or tell me about something, they could write it down, draw it, or put the small item into their inbox. That way when I was done with my shift, they could show me everything and not worry that they'd forget about it. 

3 - Hire a Part-Time Sitter. 

I've been especially blessed in that my husband also works from home. We're able to rotate our schedules so that we can watch the girls while the other is working. If your spouse is away from home while you work, hiring a part time sitter is essential. Not only will it ensure that your children are well cared for, it also means that you can focus on your work guilt-free. 

4 - Take Advantage of Sleep. 

Working during nap-times or after bedtime is an awesome way to both maximize the time you spend with your family as well as the time you spend working uninterrupted and focused.
Please take advantage of adding your comments on what you have experienced and your strategies are when working from home.