As a self employed mom who works from home, I am definitely on the front lines when it comes to mini-emergencies. You know, stuff like a kid waking up from a nap covered in you-know-what or our babysitter not being able to get here because of the snow. Over time, I’ve learned I really have to roll with it. I keep some space in my schedule to manage mini-emergenies becuase I like to be there when they happen.
I recently filmed a short YouTube video about a recent mini-emergency with my son and how I handled it. For those of you at work who can’t watch the video, I’ll post more below.
Hubs ended up taking him to the pediatrician who told us to keep an eye on it, but by the end of the day he was running around watching the Superbowl and all was well. We think he was just very cramped or sore because he ran around Central Park the day before in some hiking boots and he was running up and down dirt piles. Basically, it’s like the kid went to the gym and totally regretted it the next day.
Still, this whole adventure meant that I wasn’t able to get work done. I was really worried about him and my mind was jumping to all the terrible things it could be, and I really couldn’t focus very well.
Sometimes these things come up with kids – whether they are sick or just having a plain bad day. I love working from home because I can be there with them when they need me. Even if I have our babysitter here, I can tell if one of my kids is being especially cranky and sometimes it’s nice to come out of my office and give them a big hug in the middle of the day to try to make them feel better.
Over the last two years of being self employed, here’s my steps for dealing with min-emergencies:
- Stay calm – I tried to just think through the situation, call the doctor, and hear what the next steps should be.
- Re-prioritize – My first priority was going to be work, but then it quickly became my son.
- Re-schedule – I ended up doing work a little later in the day and the next morning to catch up. It wasn’t the most ideal time, but I figured it out anyway.
- Repeat – Anytime something else comes up, thinking with a clear mind and trying to rectify the situation usually helps.
I know I’m not alone because another mom friend of mine wrote that she recently had to deal with a sick child while trying to work from home, so I know this is a common issue.
Even if you don’t work from home, I’d still love to hear how you handle a sick child. Which parent usually takes care of the issue? How do you readjust?